Today's mortgage rates: 30-year rates slip, shorter repayment terms hold steady | March 17, 2022
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Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rates are mixed since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.500%, up from 4.375%, +0.125
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.375%, up from 4.250%, +0.125
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 3.750%, unchanged
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 3.500%, unchanged
Rates last updated on March 17, 2022. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary. With 5,000 reviews, Credible maintains an "excellent" Trustpilot score.
What this means: Mortgage interest rates have been steadily increasing for nine consecutive days, reaching pre-pandemic levels. However, homeowners with good credit and older mortgages may be able to find a lower interest rate by refinancing to a shorter term. Borrowers who find a good rate should consider acting right away ahead of any further increases.
Today’s mortgage rates for home purchases
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases are mixed since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.375%, down from 4.500%, -0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.375%, up from 4.250%, +0.125
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 3.625%, unchanged
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 3.500%, unchanged
Rates last updated on March 17, 2022. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary. Credible, a personal finance marketplace, has 5,000 Trustpilot reviews with an average star rating of 4.7 (out of a possible 5.0).
What this means: Although 30-year rates slipped overnight, this popular repayment term is still sitting above 4%. To find the lowest rate available to them, buyers should comparison shop and consider shorter repayment terms. Although their monthly mortgage payments will be higher, buyers who opt for a 15-year or 10-year mortgage have a greater opportunity for significant interest savings over the life of their loans.
To find great mortgage rates, start by using Credible’s secured 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.
How mortgage rates have changed over time
Today’s mortgage interest rates are well below the highest annual average rate recorded by Freddie Mac — 16.63% in 1981. A year before the COVID-19 pandemic upended economies across the world, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for 2019 was 3.94%. The average rate for 2021 was 2.96%, the lowest annual average in 30 years.
The historic drop in interest rates means homeowners who have mortgages from 2019 and older could potentially realize significant interest savings by refinancing with one of today’s lower interest rates. When considering a mortgage or refinance, it’s important to take into account 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.
Are you looking to buy a home? Credible can help you compare current rates from multiple mortgage lenders at once in just a few minutes. Use Credible’s online tools to compare rates and get prequalified today.
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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 average mortgage rates and mortgage refinance rates reported 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. The rates also assume no (or very low) discount points and a down payment of 20%.
Credible mortgage rates reported here will only give you an idea of current average rates. The rate you actually receive can vary based on a number of factors.
How to get low mortgage rates
If you want to get the lowest possible monthly mortgage payment, taking the following steps can help you secure a lower rate on your home loan:
- Improving your credit score
- Paying down debt
- Making a bigger down payment
It’s also a good idea to compare rates from different lenders to find the best rate for your financial goals. According to research from Freddie Mac, borrowers can save $1,500 on average over the life of their loan by shopping for just one additional rate quote — and an average of $3,000 by comparing five rate quotes.
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 prequalified rates in just a few minutes.
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As a Credible authority on mortgages and personal finance, Chris Jennings has covered topics that include mortgage loans, mortgage refinancing, and more. He’s been an editor and editorial assistant in the online personal finance space for four years. His work has been featured by MSN, AOL, Yahoo Finance, and more.