If you’re looking to buy a house and want to monitor mortgage interest rates, it’s harder than you might think. I was unable to find a single site that had stock market-like mortgage rate tracking. Part of the problem is the variability among mortgage rates depending on your credit score, loan and home value and subsequent LTV (Loan to Value), your state and city, points (if you’re looking at the APY instead of the APR) and more.
But I usually don’t want an exact quote, I just want to get a feel for where the rates are at. The easiest solution I found was to add three widgets to iGoogle. Note: These are static images that link to the Google widget they represent.
HSH is often referenced by TV and newspapers, so its rates (which are often higher than the other two) are second on my list.
Freddie Mac brings up the rear. The rates are usually close to those of bankrate, but a tad higher.
You can also do spot checks on Zillow, Freddie Mac (weekly rate averages), The Mortgage Professor (wholesale rates) and MSN. Lastly, I subscribed to the RSS feed of Zillow’s Mortgages Unzipped to hear some of the reasoning behind the rates, along with predictions for the future.
This should give you a good idea of where rates are at right now, and where they may be headed in the future.
Update: Mary from Zillow pointed out that Zillow has widgets. Here’s an iGoogle gadget I created to display the one below.
I also found three widgets from WidgetBox. They can be added to iGoogle or embedded on your own site. These are live examples.