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Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have been flat on all terms since Tuesday.
Rates were last updated on January 4, 2023. These rates are based on the assumptions presented here. Actual rates may vary. Credible, a personal finance marketplace, has over 5,000 Trustpilot reviews with an average rating of 4.7 stars (out of a possible 5.0).
What does that mean: Mortgage rates rested on all key terms today, but rates for 30 and 20 year terms remain well above 6%. Borrowers who can handle a higher monthly payment will see greater interest savings with 15 and 10 year terms. Buyers may want to take advantage of this break and lock in a rate ahead of future increases.
To find great mortgage rates, start by using Credible’s secure website, which can show you current mortgage rates from multiple lenders without affecting your credit score. You can also use Credible’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly mortgage payments.
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rate has remained stable in all quarters since Tuesday.
Rates were last updated on January 4, 2023. These rates are based on the assumptions presented here. Actual rates may vary. With 5,000 reviews, Credible maintains an “excellent” Trustpilot score.
What does that mean: Mortgage refinance interest rates rested across all durations today. With 10- and 15-year rates at 5.875%, homeowners who can handle a higher monthly payment can save more on interest by refinancing for a shorter term. But with 20-year rates higher than 30-year rates, homeowners who want a longer term should stick with a 30-year refinance.
How mortgage rates have changed over time
Current mortgage interest rates are well below the highest average annual rate recorded by Freddie Mac – 16.63% in 1981. A year before the COVID-19 pandemic upended economies around the world, the mortgage rate he average interest on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage for 2019 was 3.94%. The average rate for 2021 was 2.96%, the lowest annual average for 30 years.
The historic decline in interest rates means that homeowners with mortgages from 2019 could potentially realize significant interest savings by refinancing with one of today’s lowest interest rates. When considering a mortgage refinance or purchase, it’s important to consider closing costs such as appraisal, application, origination, and attorney’s fees. These factors, in addition to the interest rate and loan amount, all contribute to the cost of a mortgage.
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How Credible Mortgage Rates Are Calculated
Changing economic conditions, central bank policy decisions, investor sentiment and other factors influence the movement of mortgage rates. Credible’s average mortgage rates and mortgage refinance rates shown in this article are calculated based on information provided by partner lenders who pay compensation to Credible.
The rates assume a borrower has a 740 credit score and is borrowing a conventional loan for a single-family home that will be their primary residence. Rates also assume no (or very low) discount points and a 20% deposit.
The credible mortgage rates listed here will only give you an idea of today’s average rates. The rate you actually receive may vary depending on a number of factors.
How to choose a mortgage lender?
A mortgage is probably the biggest debt you will ever take on, a debt that will take decades to pay off. It is therefore essential to ensure that you choose a mortgage lender and mortgage that best suits your needs and financial situation.
Here are some tips to help you choose a mortgage lender:
- Comparison store. Compare rates and terms from multiple lenders. Just as you compare purchases to smaller purchases, you should compare offers from multiple lenders. A Freddie Mac study found that adding just one quote to your mortgage search could save you $1,500 over the life of a loan. Adding five could save you around $3,000. Credible makes it easy to compare your prequalified rates with multiple lenders.
- Consider a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers can do the work for you when it comes to finding a loan deal. But be aware that mortgage brokers usually make money by charging a small percentage of the loan for their services.
- Leverage relationships. Explore mortgage offers from banks and financial institutions you already do business with. Loyalty and familiarity can work in your favor when negotiating a good mortgage deal.
- Look for references. Ask friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to recommend you and talk about their experiences with different lenders.
If you’re trying to find the right mortgage rate, consider using Credible. You can use Credible’s free online tool to easily compare multiple lenders and see pre-qualified rates in just minutes.
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