Mortgage rate averages retreated slightly Wednesday, but after previously rising daily for a week, the 30-year rate average is sitting in its most expensive range since mid-March.
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.07%||3.28%|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.41%||3.55%|
Today's National Mortgage Rate Averages
Mortgage rates rose steadily for a week before dipping slightly Wednesday. The 30-year fixed-rate average shed two basis points to 3.24%, keeping it at the elevated levels last seen in mid-June, but still a tenth of a point below the highest range of the year, when the average notched 3.34% in mid-March. Compared to the five-month low of 2.89% touched in early August, today's 30-year rate has soared 0.35 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Jumbo 30-year fixed-rate lost a single point Wednesday after bolting higher Tuesday. It now registers at 3.41%, its highest average since early June. The 15-year rate also dropped a point, to 2.49%.
Similarly, refinance rates for fixed-rate loans held steady or dipped modestly Wednesday. Rates to refinance 30-year and 15-year loans are currently priced 10 to 14 basis points more expensive than 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||3.07%||-0.03|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||3.10%||-0.03|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.41%||-0.01|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||3.10%||+0.04|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||2.42%||+0.02|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||2.66%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.26%||+0.02|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.68%||No Change|
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinancing|
|Loan Type||Refinance||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||3.28%||+0.01|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||3.39%||+0.03|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||3.55%||No Change|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||3.30%||+0.03|
|7/1 ARM||3.77%||No Change|
|Jumbo 7/1 ARM||2.71%||+0.01|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||2.85%||No Change|
|Jumbo 5/1 ARM||2.56%||+0.02|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||2.79%||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.
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 several months. In particular, the Federal Reserve has been buying billions of dollars of bonds and continues to do so. This bond-buying policy (and not the more publicized federal funds rate) is a major influencer on mortgage rates.
But Fed policy could soon change. The Fed's rate and policy committee, called the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), meets every 6-8 weeks, and concluded their latest meeting September 22. Though they did not yet announce a change to their bond-buying plans, a majority of Fed members indicated they favor beginning to taper the stimulus by the end of 2021.
The next scheduled FOMC event will be the October 13 release of detailed minutes from the September 22 meeting.
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.