According to a recent Primerates.com survey of Sacramento mortgage rates offered by the largest area banks & credit unions, two Sacramento institutions offered rates below 4.000% on 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans in the Sacramento area for well-qualified borrowers. Umpqua Bank (www.umpquabank.com) offered 3.75% while River City Bank (www.rcbank.com) offered the lowest rates in the country with 3.63%. Five other institutions offered rates above 4.00% with the El Dorado (www.eldoradosavingsbank.com) offering the highest rates on the market with 4.75%.
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 Sacramento Area Banks and Credit Unions||
30 Yr- APR
15 Yr- Rate
|15 Yr- APR||
|U.S. Bank National||02/27/2012||4.00%||4.17%||3.25%||3.52%||2.38%||3.48%|
|Bank of the West||02/27/2012||4.00%||4.13%||3.25%||3.43%||2.88%||3.26%|
|River City Bank||02/27/2012||3.63%||3.73%||3.00%||3.16%||NA||NA|
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.