National averages on fixed-rate mortgages again dropped slightly, bringing them notably lower versus last week and not far above their lowest levels of the past month.
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||2.94%||3.13%|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.38%||3.68%|
Today's National Mortgage Rate Averages
The national average on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages is down to 3.06% today, after reaching 3.14% Friday. The 15-year fixed-rate average is similarly down eight basis points from last week, registering today at 2.33%.
Averages for refinance loans were 19 to 30 basis points higher than new purchase rates on fixed-rate loans, while 5/1 ARM refinancing carried a 55-basis point premium over new purchase rates.
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||2.94%||-0.02|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||2.97%||-0.01|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.38%||-0.03|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||2.99%||+0.00|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||2.55%||+0.00|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||2.51%||-0.13|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.51%||+0.05|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.44%||-0.13|
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinancing|
|Loan Type||Refinance||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.13%||-0.04|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||3.25%||+0.01|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.68%||-0.02|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||3.22%||-0.02|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||3.10%||-0.08|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||2.78%||-0.13|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.80%||-0.21|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.71%||-0.13|
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 the last month. 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.
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.