Almost every mortgage average rose Thursday, on the heels of the morning release of September's inflation data. Most notably, the flagship 30-year average added more than an eighth of a point to record a new 20-year high.
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||7.38%||7.58%|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||6.15%||6.15%|
Today's National Mortgage Rate Averages
Rates on 30-year loans shot past their recent historical peak Thursday, jumping 14 basis points to touch their highest level since early 2002. The average is now at 7.55% vs. the 7.42% high-water mark it had registered Tuesday and on September 27.
The 15-year average also climbed Thursday, but by a more modest five basis points. The current average of 6.87% is sitting just two basis points under its most expensive level of the last 14 years.
For their part, Jumbo 30-year rates rose an eighth of a point Thursday, after marching in place the last few days. Now at 6.15%, the Jumbo 30-year average is the highest its been since 2010.
Refinancing rates moved fairly similarly Thursday to new purchase rates, though the 15-year refi average climbed a more dramatic 17 basis points. The rise in 30-year and Jumbo 30-year refi rates was about the same as for new purchases, with both averages rising roughly an eighth of a point. Thursday's cost to refinance with a fixed-rate loan was up to 20 points higher than new purchase rates.
After a major rate dip last summer, mortgage rates skyrocketed in the first half of 2022, with the 30-year average hitting a mid-June peak almost 3.5 percentage points above its August 2021 floor of 2.89%. But September's 16-day surge dramatically outdid the summer high, with the 30-year average spiking 1.27 percentage points to reach 1.04 percentage points higher than June's peak.
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 they 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|
|New Purchase||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||7.35%||+0.06|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||7.41%||+0.02|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||6.02%||No change|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||6.02%||No change|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||5.85%||No change|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||5.81%||No change|
|National Averages of Lenders' Best Rates - Refinance|
|Loan Type||Refinance||Daily Change|
|FHA 30-Year Fixed||7.56%||+0.07|
|VA 30-Year Fixed||7.51%||+0.08|
|Jumbo 30-Year Fixed||6.03%||No change|
|15-Year Fixed||6.81%||No change|
|Jumbo 15-Year Fixed||6.03%||No change|
|Jumbo 7/6 ARM||5.94%||No change|
|Jumbo 5/6 ARM||5.82%||No change|
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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, in addition to 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 it continues to do so. This bond-buying policy (and not the more publicized federal funds rate) is a major influencer on mortgage rates.
Since June, the Fed has been reducing its balance sheet. Identical sizable reductions occurred monthly through the summer and are being accelerated in September. This is on top of its plan 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 six to eight weeks. Their next scheduled meeting takes place November 1-2.
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.