Portland, OR Mortgage Rates Survey – Week of May 28, 2012

Written by: BetterFinancePath Staff

According to a recent Primerates.com survey of Portland, OR mortgage rates offered by the largest area banks & credit unions, six Portland, OR institutions offered rates below 4.00% on 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans in the Portland, OR area for well-qualified borrowers. Wells Fargo Bank (www.wellsfargo.com) and Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com) offered rates at 3.75%, JPMorgan Chase (www.jpmorganchase.com) and KeyBank National (www.key.com) offered rates at 3.88%. the U.S. Bank (www.usbank.com) offered rates at 3.95%.

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 Portland, OR 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
U.S. Bank 5/27/2012 3.95% 4.01% 3.38% 3.48% 2.63% 3.49%
Wells Fargo Bank 5/27/2012 3.75% 3.93% 2.88% 3.18% 2.25% 3.15%
JPMorgan Chase 5/27/2012 3.88% 3.93% -99 -99 -99 -99
KeyBank National 5/27/2012 3.88% 3.94% 3.13% 3.24% 2.58% 3.16%
Umpqua Bank 5/27/2012 3.63% 3.77% 2.88% 3.12% NA NA
Bank of the West 5/27/2012 3.75% 3.81% 3.00% 3.11% 2.50% 3.13%


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.


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