SOURCE: Informa Research Services, Inc.

Informa Research Services, Inc.

June 30, 2011 13:07 ET

Celebrate Independence Day by Shopping for the Best Mortgage Rates Online, Says Informa Research Services

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 30, 2011) - What are you doing this holiday weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July? Do burgers and hot dogs really celebrate the American spirit? Homeownership is typically slated as a part of the American dream. If you are thinking about buying a home this year, Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), suggests taking some time over the long weekend to evaluate your current finances and scope out current mortgage rates (http://www.erate.com/current-mortgage-rates-30-year-fixed-mortgage-rates.htm).

Before purchasing a home, prospective homeowners should ensure their budget has space for their monthly mortgage payment. Some online rate tables can calculate an estimated monthly payment using current rates and an estimated loan amount. This should give you a good idea of whether or not you are financially ready to purchase a home. It can also help you figure out how much you should aim to spend on your new home.

Checking rate comparison tables such as those featured on ERATE.com enable homeowners to check out the latest (and many times, the lowest) rates currently being offered. Better yet, these tables don't even require you to leave the comforts of your home to find the best rates from lenders in your area. These tables frequently display rates that are significantly lower than the current national average, which sits at just 4.67% this week, according to Informa Research Services' Interest Rate Review.

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