Buyers, get moving: Today's mortgage rates fall across all terms | Feb. 2, 2023
Homebuyers may want to consider locking in a rate today, ahead of likely increases
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have fallen across all key terms since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.375%, down from 6.500%, -0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.000%, down from 6.125%, -0.125
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.125%, down from 6.250%, -0.125
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.375%, down from 6.500%, -0.125
Rates last updated on Feb. 2, 2023. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary. Credible, a personal finance marketplace, has 5,000 Trustpilot reviews with an average star rating of 4.7 (out of a possible 5.0).
What this means: Mortgage rates for home purchases edged down across all key terms today, giving borrowers an opportunity to save on interest. Homebuyers may want to consider 20-year rates, which are the lowest available at 6%. A 20-year mortgage offers the desirable blend of a relatively low rate and smaller monthly payments.
To find great mortgage rates, start by using Credible’s secured website, which can show you current mortgage rates from multiple lenders without affecting your credit score. You can also use Credible’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly mortgage payments.
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rates have fallen for three key terms and remained unchanged for one term since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.125%, down from 6.500%, -0.375
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.000%, down from 6.125%, -0.125
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.125%, unchanged
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.250%, down from 6.375%, -0.125
Rates last updated on Feb. 2, 2023. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary. With 5,000 reviews, Credible maintains an "excellent" Trustpilot score.
What this means: Today’s 30-mortgage refinance rates tumbled more than a quarter of a percentage point, offering a savings window for homeowners who want to refinance into a longer repayment term. But homeowners who want to take advantage of interest savings may want to consider 20-year rates, which are currently the lowest available at 6%.
How mortgage rates have changed over time
Today’s mortgage interest rates are well below the highest annual average rate recorded by Freddie Mac — 16.63% in 1981. A year before the COVID-19 pandemic upended economies across the world, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for 2019 was 3.94%. The average rate for 2021 was 2.96%, the lowest annual average in 30 years.
The historic drop in interest rates means homeowners who have mortgages from 2019 and older could potentially realize significant interest savings by refinancing with one of today’s lower interest rates. When considering a mortgage or refinance, it’s important to take into account closing costs such as appraisal, application, origination and attorney’s fees. These factors, in addition to the interest rate and loan amount, all contribute to the cost of a mortgage.
How Credible mortgage rates are calculated
Changing economic conditions, central bank policy decisions, investor sentiment and other factors influence the movement of mortgage rates. Credible average mortgage rates and mortgage refinance rates reported in this article are calculated based on information provided by partner lenders who pay compensation to Credible.
The rates assume a borrower has a 740 credit score and is borrowing a conventional loan for a single-family home that will be their primary residence. The rates also assume no (or very low) discount points and a down payment of 20%.
Credible mortgage rates reported here will only give you an idea of current average rates. The rate you actually receive can vary based on a number of factors.
Getting a mortgage vs. renting
If you’re wondering if you should buy a house or continue renting, no single answer is right for everyone. Whether you should buy or continue renting depends on many factors, including your personal financial situation, long-term goals, preferred lifestyle and market conditions in your area.
Buying a home does come with some distinct advantages that you can’t get from renting, including ...
- You can build equity. Home equity can help you build long-term wealth.
- You can personalize your living space more than with a rental that someone else owns.
- Owning a home can provide intangible benefits like pride of ownership, a sense of community and stability.
- Your mortgage payment may be less than rents in your area.
- Mortgage interest is usually tax deductible.
If you’re trying to find the right mortgage rate, consider using Credible. You can use Credible's free online tool to easily compare multiple lenders and see prequalified rates in just a few minutes.
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