Today's Mortgage Rates & Trends - May 26, 2022: Rates dip

30-year average declines for second day, dropping to lowest level in seven weeks

The 30-year mortgage average came down further Wednesday, after also dropping Tuesday. The average has fallen far below its 13-year peak hit in early May, and is now down to its lowest point since early April.

National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates
Loan Type Purchase Refinance
30-Year Fixed 5.31% 5.48%
FHA 30-Year Fixed 5.18% 5.67%
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 4.57% 4.65%
15-Year Fixed 4.43% 4.79%
5/1 ARM 4.12% 4.42%
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

The 30-year mortgage average gave up eight basis points Wednesday, dropping it to 5.31%. That's the lowest it's been since April 6, and takes it 45 basis point below its recent 13-year peak of 5.76%.

The 15-year average also dropped, shedding an eighth of a percentage point to 4.43%. Like 30-year loans, 15-year rates registered their highest level since 2009 in early May. But Wednesday's average now sits almost three-quarters of a point below that 5.16% high.

Jumbo 30-year rates also declined an eighth of a point Wednesday, dipping to 4.57%. Unlike conventional 30-year and 15-year rates, this year's Jumbo 30-year peak never surpassed the April 2020 spike it experienced early in the pandemic.

Through early May, all three averages had skyrocketed since last summer, when a major dip dramatically sank rates. At its 2022 peak, the 30-year average had risen an eye-popping 2.87 percentage points above its August low point of 2.89%. Even given the recent pullback, 30-year rates are still 2.42 percentage points higher than last summer's trough.

Refinance rates also declined Wednesday, with the 30-year and Jumbo 30-year refi averages dropping 13 basis points and 15-year rates declining nine points. The cost to refinance with a fixed-rate loan is currently eight to 49 points more expensive 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
30-Year Fixed 5.31% -0.08
FHA 30-Year Fixed 5.18% -0.16
VA 30-Year Fixed 5.05% -0.22
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 4.57% -0.12
20-Year Fixed 5.00% -0.14
15-Year Fixed 4.43% -0.12
Jumbo 15-Year Fixed 4.57% -0.12
10-Year Fixed 4.38% -0.16
10/1 ARM 4.60% -0.12
10/6 ARM 5.53% -0.19
7/1 ARM 4.46% -0.12
Jumbo 7/1 ARM 4.00% -0.11
7/6 ARM 5.22% -0.09
Jumbo 7/6 ARM 4.24% No Change
5/1 ARM 4.12% -0.12
Jumbo 5/1 ARM 3.92% -0.12
5/6 ARM 5.43% -0.12
Jumbo 5/6 ARM 4.11% -0.12
National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinance
Loan Type Refinance Daily Change
30-Year Fixed 5.48% -0.13
FHA 30-Year Fixed 5.67% -0.20
VA 30-Year Fixed 5.74% -0.21
Jumbo 30-Year Fixed 4.65% -0.13
20-Year Fixed 5.29% -0.14
15-Year Fixed 4.79% -0.09
Jumbo 15-Year Fixed 4.65% -0.12
10-Year Fixed 4.79% -0.15
10/1 ARM 4.91% -0.17
10/6 ARM 5.88% -0.02
7/1 ARM 4.76% -0.12
Jumbo 7/1 ARM 4.28% -0.13
7/6 ARM 5.46% -0.25
Jumbo 7/6 ARM 4.42% No Change
5/1 ARM 4.42% -0.11
Jumbo 5/1 ARM 4.22% -0.11
5/6 ARM 5.70% -0.22
Jumbo 5/6 ARM 4.19% -0.12

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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.

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 May 4, the Fed announced that it will begin reducing its balance sheet on June 1. Identical sizable reductions will occur in June, July, and August, and then be doubled beginning in September. This will be on top of its existing move to reduce new bond purchases by an increment every month, the so-called taper, which began in 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 June 14-15.


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.