After a week of bobbing up and down in minimal increments, national averages of fixed-rate mortgages landed within a single basis point or two of the previous week's averages, leaving them not far below their 30-day highs.

National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates
Loan Type Purchase Refinance
30-Year Fixed 3.14% 3.31%
FHA 30-Year Fixed 3.04% 3.23%
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 3.41% 3.70%
15-Year Fixed 2.41% 2.61%
5/1 ARM 3.27% 3.77%
National averages of the lowest rates offered by more than 200 of the country's top lenders, with a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 80%, an applicant with a FICO credit score of 700-760, and no mortgage points.
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Today's National Mortgage Rate Averages

Average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hovered between 3.13% and 3.15% all week, ending at 3.14% Friday. That's the same level as seen the previous Friday after inflation news pushed rates upward for a notable gain that week.

The 15-year fixed-rate average fell a basis point to end the week at 2.41%, while Jumbo 30-year rates rose a basis point to 3.41%.

Averages for refinance loans were 17 to 29 basis points higher than new purchase rates on fixed-rate loans, while 5/1 ARM refinancing carried a 35-basis point premium over new purchase rates. 

Important:

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
30-Year Fixed 3.14% -0.01
FHA 30-Year Fixed 3.04% -0.02
VA 30-Year Fixed 3.02% -0.01
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 3.41% -0.05
20-Year Fixed 2.99% -0.02
15-Year Fixed 2.41% -0.01
Jumbo 15-Year Fixed 3.03% No change
10-Year Fixed 2.26% -0.02
10/1 ARM 2.96% -0.09
10/6 ARM 3.37% -0.05
7/1 ARM 3.59% -0.01
Jumbo 7/1 ARM 2.54% -0.02
7/6 ARM 2.92% -0.20
Jumbo 7/6 ARM 2.63% No change
5/1 ARM 3.27% -0.06
Jumbo 5/1 ARM 2.43% -0.02
5/6 ARM 3.55% -0.02
Jumbo 5/6 ARM 2.56% No change
National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinancing
Loan Type Refinance Daily Change
30-Year Fixed 3.31% -0.03
FHA 30-Year Fixed 3.23% -0.01
VA 30-Year Fixed 3.29% No change
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 3.70% -0.06
20-Year Fixed 3.22% -0.02
15-Year Fixed 2.61% -0.01
Jumbo 15-Year Fixed 3.27% -0.02
10-Year Fixed 2.54% -0.01
10/1 ARM 3.40% -0.25
10/6 ARM 4.35% -0.03
7/1 ARM 3.91% -0.18
Jumbo 7/1 ARM 2.64% -0.31
7/6 ARM 3.79% +0.05
Jumbo 7/6 ARM 2.90% No change
5/1 ARM 3.77% -0.02
Jumbo 5/1 ARM 2.81% No change
5/6 ARM 4.17% -0.07
Jumbo 5/6 ARM 2.84% No change

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.

These rates are surveyed directly from over 200 top lenders.

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.

Maroeconomic factors have kept the mortgage market relatively low for the last several weeks. Among those factors are the Federal Reserve’s April 28 guidance to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue buying government-backed mortgages at their current volume. Though there had been speculation about whether the Fed would recommend pulling back on mortgage buying, it instead announced staying the course.

Methodology

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.