Mortgage averages held generally steady Wednesday, keeping rates a bit below the peak they hit one week ago. Overall, the new year has seen rates bolt dramatically higher, taking almost every average to its highest level since early in the pandemic.
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.62%||3.80%|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.52%||3.55%|
Today's National Mortgage Rate Averages
After climbing by double digits early last week, mortgage rates have since given up ground. The 30-year fixed-rate average shed another basis point Wednesday to 3.72%, which is a tenth of a percentage point under last week's high-water mark. Still, yesterday's average is not only 33 points more expensive than the highest average seen in 2021, but is the highest reading since spring 2020.
Rates on 15-year loans have generally followed a similar path in 2022, though that average gained a point Wednesday to 2.92%. Like 30-year rates, the current 15-year average is the highest we've seen since the early days of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Jumbo 30-year rates have shown fewer dramatic surges this year, and are still sitting close to last year's top average. Rates inched up one point Wednesday to 3.52%, which is marginally above 2021's high of 3.47%.
Compared to early August, when a major rate dip took most averages to five-month lows, today's rates are substantially higher. In fact, the 30-year average is 83 basis points more expensive, while the 15-year and Jumbo 30-year averages are up 71 and 46 points, respectively.
Refinance rates behaved similarly Wednesday, with the 30-year average declining two basis points, and the 15-year and Jumbo 30-year refinance averages remaining flat. Like new purchase rates, 30-year and 15-year refinance rates have this year moved substantially above their 2021 highs, while the Jumbo 30-year refinance average is still almost a quarter of a percentage point cheaper. Friday's cost to refinance fixed-rate loans was 3 to 11 points higher than new purchase loans.
The rates you see here generally won’t compare directly with teaser rates you see advertised online, since those rates are cherry-picked as the most attractive. They may involve paying points in advance, or may be selected based on a hypothetical borrower with an ultra-high credit score or taking a smaller-than-typical loan given the value of the home.
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - New Purchase|
|Loan Type||New Purchase||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.62%||-0.01|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||3.65%||-0.01|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.52%||+0.01|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||3.19%||No Change|
|10/1 ARM||2.73%||No Change|
|7/1 ARM||2.72%||No Change|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||2.51%||No Change|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||2.78%||No Change|
|5/1 ARM||2.56%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.36%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.82%||+0.01|
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinancing|
|Loan Type||Refinance||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.80%||-0.06|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||3.97%||-0.10|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.55%||No Change|
|20-Year Fixed||3.59%||No Change|
|15-Year Fixed||3.03%||No Change|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||3.37%||No Change|
|10-Year Fixed||2.98%||No Change|
|10/1 ARM||3.03%||No Change|
|7/1 ARM||3.01%||No Change|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||2.81%||No Change|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||3.05%||No Change|
|5/1 ARM||2.85%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.65%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.90%||-0.03|
Lowest Mortgage Rates by State
The lowest mortgage rates available vary depending on the state where originations occur. Mortgage rates can be influenced by state-level variations in credit score, average mortgage loan term, and size, as well as individual lenders' varying risk management strategies.
What Causes Mortgage Rates to Rise or Fall?
Mortgage rates are determined by a complex interaction of macroeconomic and industry factors, such as the level and direction of the bond market, including 10-year Treasury yields; the Federal Reserve's current monetary policy, especially as it relates to funding government-backed mortgages; and competition between lenders and across loan types. Because fluctuations can be caused by any number of these at once, it's generally difficult to attribute the change to any one factor.
Macroeconomic factors have kept the mortgage market relatively low for much of this year. In particular, the Federal Reserve has been buying billions of dollars of bonds in response to the pandemic's economic pressures, and continues to do so. This bond-buying policy (and not the more publicized federal funds rate) is a major influencer on mortgage rates.
On Jan. 26, the Fed announced that, in light of stronger and more persistent inflation pressure than originally expected, it is sticking to its plan to speed up the timeline for throttling Fed bond buying, reducing the amount they purchase by a large increment each month. This so-called taper began in late November.
The Fed's rate and policy committee, called the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), meets every 6-8 weeks. Their next scheduled meeting will be held March 15-16.
The national averages cited above were calculated based on the lowest rate offered by more than 200 of the country's top lenders, assuming a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 80% and an applicant with a FICO credit score in the 700-760 range. The resulting rates are representative of what customers should expect to see when receiving actual quotes from lenders based on their qualifications, which may vary from advertised teaser rates.
For our map of the best state rates, the lowest rate currently offered by a surveyed lender in that state is listed, assuming the same parameters of an 80% LTV and a credit score between 700-760.