Brian McKay

Brian McKay started MonitorBankRates.com in March 2008. He is the co-owner and main writer for MonitorBankRates.com specializing in writing articles on personal finance with an emphasis on finding mortgage financing.

Most people don’t take an active role in their finances. I started MonitorBankRates.com to help people get a better understanding about managing their personal finances.

MonitorBankRates.com has been mentioned in several financial publications including Forbes.com, CNNMoney.com, CBSMoneyWatch.com, MSN money and others: Monitor Bank Rates In the Press

Many newspapers and television stations use our free average mortgage rates widget on their websites, enabling their readers to keep track of rates. Newspapers including the New Richman News, serving Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Television stations include CLTV (Chicagoland Television) and KSPR (ABC) in Springfield, Missouri.

Hundreds of real estate agents also use our mortgage rate widget along with our free mortgage calculator on their websites to better serve their customers.

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Brian’s 10 most recent articles are listed below.

Top Money Market Rates at 1.41% This Week
There are new highs for money market rates and savings rates this week. The best variable deposit rate this week is from UFB Direct at 1.40 percent with an annual percentage yield of 1.41 percent. UFB Direct’s variable account is actually called a money market savings account. The minimum opening deposit is $5k. Money market rates have been […] ... Read more
3 Percent Down Payment with Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Advantage Mortgage
Did you know about Freddie Mac’s “Home Possible Advantage” Mortgage? It’s a mortgage loan program which will allow you to put down only a 3 percent down payment. Let’s face it, the biggest barrier to buying a first home for many people is the down payment. Coming up with the 20 percent down payment is extremely difficult […] ... Read more
Ally Bank Mortgage Rates
Ally Bank which is probably best known for their competitive CD rates has also become a mortgage lender. Ally Bank mortgage rates are competitive right now and Ally also offers a price match guarantee. Current Ally Bank mortgages are available for both home purchases and refinances and the rates are competitive for both type of products. Current mortgage […] ... Read more
Crestmark Bank 1 Year CD Rates Best Rate 1.70%
Short term online CD rates continue to march higher as another month brings another new high for 1 year CD rates. Last month the top 1 year CD rate was at 1.65 percent. This month Crestmark Bank 1 year CD rates are now offering the best rate. CD rates have moved higher since the beginning […] ... Read more
Mortgage Rates Rise for the Second Consecutive Week
Mortgage rates rose again this past week, the second consecutive week rates increased. Prior to the past two weeks of increases, average mortgage rates declined for almost two months straight. Mortgage rates were expected to rise again this week because 10 year bond yields rose 7 basis points. Average 30 year mortgage rates increased to 3.79 percent, up from the […] ... Read more
Fed Stands Pat on Rates as Online CD Rates March Higher
The Federal Reserve wrapped up their two day meeting yesterday and decided to keep the fed rates unchanged. The Fed was expected to stand pat on rates during the September meeting. Even though the Fed kept rates where they are, online CD rates continue to march higher. Between this Fed meeting and the last meeting […] ... Read more
Online Savings Rates Now at 1.40% APY – Savings Rates to Move Even Higher
Online savings rates, money market rates, and certificate of deposit rates from online banks continue to move higher in 2017. A few months ago we reported that the highest savings rate was at 1.30 percent. Now the top rate is 10 basis points higher, at 1.40 percent. 10 basis points might not sound like much of an increase […] ... Read more
How Homeowners Can Get Help After a Hurricane
Two of the largest populated states in the U.S, Texas and Florida, have been impacted by two horrific hurricanes. First it was Harvey hitting Texas and then it was Irma hitting Florida. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands more are uninhabitable because of damage, specifically water damage. Are you one of […] ... Read more
Why Are Long Term Interest Rates Low?
The financial crisis and great recession almost a decade ago forced interest rates down to record lows. Over the past year, short term interest rates started to move higher. At the same time long term interest rates remain near historical lows. Why is this happening? There are several factors causing long term interest rates to remain near […] ... Read more
Mortgage Rates Make New Low for 2017
Mortgage rates just hit a new low for 2017 on the heels of lower bond yields. Average 30 year mortgage rates are lower this week to 3.69 percent, down from last week’s average rate of 3.75 percent. 10 year bond yields fell to 2.13 percent, putting downward pressure on mortgage rates. For a little perspective on how […] ... Read more

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