According to a recent Primerates.com survey of Denver mortgage rates offered by the largest area banks & credit unions, six Denver institutions offered rates below 4.00% on 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans in the Denver area for well-qualified borrowers. Compass Bank (www.bbvacompass.com) offered rates at 3.50%. KeyBank National Association (www.key.com) and the UMB Bank Colorado (www.umb.com) offered rates at 3.79%. Wells Fargo Bank (www.wellsfargo.com) offered rates at 3.88% while the U.S. Bank National (www.usbank.com) 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 Denver 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|
|Wells Fargo Bank||06/24/2012||3.88%||4.05%||3.00%||3.31%||2.38%||3.20%|
|U.S. Bank National||06/24/2012||3.95%||4.01%||3.25%||3.36%||2.75%||3.54%|
|Bank of the West||06/24/2012||3.75%||3.80%||3.13%||3.21%||2.50%||3.12%|
|KeyBank National Association||06/24/2012||3.79%||3.86%||3.04%||3.15%||2.58%||3.16%|
|UMB Bank Colorado||06/24/2012||3.79%||3.92%||3.04%||3.26%||2.75%||3.28%|
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.