Today's mortgage rates see a sudden surge | Feb 3. 2023
With rates rising for all standard repayment terms, homebuyers may want to consider short-term mortgages to save the most money
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have risen since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, up from 6.375%, +0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, up from 6.000%, +0.500
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, up from 6.125%, +0.375
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, up from 6.375%, +0.125
Rates last updated on Feb 3. 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 have edged up since yesterday, all rising to a rate of 6.500%. Homebuyers looking to save the most money and be mortgage-free sooner may want to consider a short-term mortgage. Homebuyers looking for the lowest monthly payment may instead want to choose a long-term mortgage.
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 are mixed with two key rates dropping and the other two key rates rising since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.375%, down from 6.125%, -0.750
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.875%, down from 6.000%, -0.125
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.250%, up from 6.125%, +0.125
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.500%, up from 6.250%, +0.250
Rates last updated on Feb 3. 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 is an excellent day for long-term mortgage refinances, as 30-year fixed rates have dropped three-quarters of a percentage point. Homeowners looking for the lowest monthly payments may want to choose a 30-year term and take advantage of today’s lowest interest rate. Homeowners who want to be mortgage-free a little faster while having lower monthly payments may want to consider a 20-year term with today’s second-lowest interest rate.
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.
How my credit score affects my rate
Many factors can affect the interest rate you receive on a mortgage. Your credit score is an important one.
A higher credit score indicates to lenders that you know how to use credit responsibly. It can boost their confidence that you’ll make your mortgage payments on time and won’t default. Applying for a mortgage with a high credit score could help you qualify for lower interest rates, and give you a wider array of loan types to choose from.
Conversely, a low credit score may make lenders think you’ll have difficulty managing your mortgage, and may miss payments or even go into foreclosure. A low credit score likely means you’ll qualify for higher interest rates, and your loan choices will be more limited.
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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