According to a recent Primerates.com survey of Chicago mortgage rates offered by the largest area banks & credit unions, six Chicago institutions offered rates below 4.00% on 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans in the Chicago area for well-qualified borrowers. JP Morgan Chase (www.jpmorganchase.com) and the Bank of America (www.bankofamerica.com) offered rates at 3.50%. The U S Bank National (www.usbank.com) offered rates at 3.95%.Two other institutions, namely the City Bank (www.citibank.com) and the RBS Citizens National (www.citizensbank.com) offered rates at 4.00%.
While most lenders will push one of the three products on the list below, there are other options for the borrower. The 30-year fixed rate loan is the most popular since it offers the lowest monthly payment. The trade-off is paying a higher interest rate. For those who have a better cash flow, the 15-year product may be more suitable. The 15-year fixed rate loan will allow the borrower to pay more toward principal with each payment, and since it has a lower interest rate the overall amount of money that is paid in interest will be much lower. While many people steer clear of the 5/1 ARM it is beneficial to some borrowers. For instance, a person with a smaller loan (usually due to refinancing) may have the cash flow to pay off their ARM in 5 years or less. This person could save an extra 1% in interest payments over the 15-year product and never worry about the rate adjusting later in the life of the loan.
|Top Chicago Area Banks and Credit Unions||As of||30 Yr-Rate||30 Yr-APR||15 Yr-Rate||15 Yr-APR||5/1 ARM-IR||5/1 ARM-APR|
|JP Morgan Chase||06/16/2012||3.50%||3.58%||2.88%||3.00%||2.25%||3.02%|
|Bank of America||06/15/2012||3.50%||3.67%||2.88%||3.17%||2.63%||3.26%|
|PNC Bank National||06/15/2012||3.63%||3.64%||2.88%||2.88%||NA||NA|
|Fifth Third Bank||06/16/2012||3.75%||3.80%||3.00%||3.07%||2.50%||2.59%|
|First Midwest Bank||06/14/2012||3.88%||3.97%||3.13%||3.29%||3.00%||3.09%|
|U S Bank National||06/15/2012||3.95%||4.01%||3.25%||3.36%||2.75%||3.54%|
|RBS Citizens National||06/15/2012||4.00%||4.04%||3.25%||3.31%||2.63%||3.15%|
Listed rates from banks, thrifts, and credit unions were listed on their websites on the date indicated for conforming loans with 0 points. Data is believed accurate at time of collection, can change without notice, and will vary based on an individual’s credit history. Contact a specific institution for current rates.