LendingTree Ranks the 50 United States According to Average Monthly Mortgage Payment

 LendingTree Ranks the 50 United States According to Average Monthly Mortgage

Expert Tips to Help Borrowers Qualify for a Home Loan

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --LendingTree, the nation's
leading loan market providing borrowers with the opportunity to receive
multiple competitive loan offers, today releases the rankings of the fifty
U.S. states according to average monthly mortgage payment and provides the
average monthly mortgage payment as a percentage of each state's average
household income. LendingTree also releases expert tips, provided by
LendingTree's network of lenders, to help borrowers increase their chances of
qualifying for a home loan and getting the best mortgage deal.

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LendingTree found that the states with the highest average monthly mortgage
payment include DC, Hawaii, California and Virginia, followed by New Jersey,
Maryland, and Massachusetts. Rounding out the Top Ten is Connecticut,
Washington and Utah.

The states with the lowest average monthly mortgage payment are Nebraska,
Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Missouri followed by Nevada, Michigan, Louisiana,
Kentucky and Ohio.

LendingTree's Chairman and CEO, Doug Lebda, said, "Since the housing market
crash, strict regulations and uncertainties in lending guidelines have made it
increasingly difficult for some borrowers to find and qualify for a home loan.
As changes in industry regulations begin to unfold, borrowers will benefit
from knowing what they can do to better navigate the mortgage process. Our
network of over 250 lenders has provided us with expert tips to help the
consumer find and qualify for a mortgage in this unprecedented lending

To view an infographic containing the state rankings in PDF format, please
visit: http://marketing.lendingtree.com/pr/national_average_payment.pdf. For
the full set of data in chart format, please visit:
http://marketing.lendingtree.com/pr/Monthly Mortgage Payment Chart 2012.pdf

LendingTree's Expert Tips on Qualifying for a Mortgage

  oPrepare Your Documentation - Be prepared to provide more documentation
    than in years past, and have all the documents ready to submit to your
    lender early in the process.The more information you can provide in the
    beginning stages of the loan process, the more streamlined and efficient
    the process will be, and the more likely you will close the loan faster.
  oGet It In Writing - Always ask for a written quote for the interest rate,
    closing costs and an estimated turn-around time from each lender to ensure
    you receive what you were quoted. Depending on the situation, spending a
    few extra dollars for a faster closing timeline may be more beneficial for
  oComparison Shop - Never accept the first offer you receive.Comparison
    shopping for a home loan can save you a substantial amount of money in
    closing costs, monthly payments and/or interest paid over the life of the
  oDo Your Homework - Research the mortgage companies from which you may take
    a loan. Ratings and reviews can be beneficial in weeding out
    less-than-reputable lenders.Your loan officer's level of experience is
    also worth considering.A knowledgeable loan officer who is willing to
    walk you through the process will help ensure a smooth transaction.
  oClean Up Your Credit - Your credit rating is paramount to receiving a
    competitive mortgage rate. Once you startthe loan application process,
    avoid applying for any new credit until after the closing. Lenders are now
    checking the number of credit inquiries you have had prior to closing.Any
    new credit inquiries could delay or prevent your loan from being approved.

The chart below shows the average 30-year fixed mortgage rates arranged by
credit score and loan amount for November 2012. The chart shows a high
correlation between credit score and the best mortgage rates, where borrowers
with a higher credit score can expect a reasonably lower mortgage rate.

Average 30-yr Fixed Mortgage Rates by Credit Score and Loan Amount
November  Loan Amount
Credit    $100,000 -    $150,001 - $200,001 - $250,001 - $300,001 - $350,001+
Score     $150,000      $200,000   $250,000   $300,000   $350,000
620 - 639 3.75          3.70       3.68       3.65       3.64       3.57
640 - 659 3.74          3.70       3.58       3.65       3.56       3.61
660 - 679 3.65          3.56       3.52       3.59       3.52       3.57
680 -699  3.61          3.51       3.47       3.49       3.47       3.51
700-719   3.60          3.51       3.50       3.47       3.45       3.51
720 - 739 3.54          3.47       3.46       3.46       3.42       3.51
740 - 759 3.55          3.46       3.44       3.44       3.42       3.45
760 - 779 3.55          3.46       3.44       3.43       3.42       3.46
780 - 799 3.54          3.45       3.44       3.45       3.39       3.43
800+      3.52          3.44       3.43       3.44       3.38       3.44

About LendingTree, LLC
LendingTree, LLC is the nation's leading online source for competitive home
loan offers, empowering consumers during the mortgage, refinance or auto loan
process. LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers
with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of
online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since
inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 30 million loan requests and
$214 billion in closed loan transactions. LendingTree provides access to
lenders offering mortgages and refinance loans, home equity loans/lines of
credit, and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of Tree.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:
TREE). For more information go to www.lendingtree.com, dial 800-555-TREE, join
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Megan Greuling
(704) 943-8208

SOURCE LendingTree

Website: http://www.lendingtree.com
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