Today's mortgage rates inch up, but 10- and 15-year terms stay below 6% | May 8, 2023
With mortgage rates for longer terms above 6%, borrowers who can afford a higher monthly payment may want to take advantage of the interest savings in today’s shorter terms
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have risen for three key terms while another fell since Friday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.125%, down from 6.250%, -0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.125%, up from 5.750%, +0.375
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, up from 5.125%, +0.375
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.625%, up from 5.500%, +0.125
Rates last updated on May 8, 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 down for 30-year terms, falling to 6.125%. Rates for 10-year terms have edged up to 5.625%. Meanwhile, both 15- and 20-year terms have risen over a quarter of a percentage point, hitting 5.5% and 6.125%, respectively. Homebuyers looking to save the most on interest should consider 15-year terms at 5.5%, as the rate is today’s lowest. However, those who would rather have a smaller monthly payment should instead consider 20- or 30-year terms.
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 risen across all key terms since Friday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.000%, up from 5.990%, +0.010
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.750%, up from 5.625%, +0.125
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.375%, up from 5.250%, +0.125
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.625%, up from 5.250%, +0.375
Rates last updated on May 8, 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: Mortgage refinance rates have slightly increased for 30-year terms, pulling the rate up to 6%. Meanwhile, 15- and 20-year terms have edged up, hitting 5.375% and 5.75%, respectively. Rates for 10-year terms increased the most today, climbing over a quarter of a percentage point to 5.625%. Homeowners looking to refinance into a smaller monthly payment should consider 20-year terms over 30-year terms, as their rates are a quarter of a percentage point lower. Borrowers who would rather maximize their interest savings should instead consider today’s lowest rate, 15-year terms at 5.375%.
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 700 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 to get low mortgage rates
If you want to get the lowest possible monthly mortgage payment, taking the following steps can help you secure a lower rate on your home loan:
- Improving your credit score
- Paying down debt
- Making a bigger down payment
It’s also a good idea to compare rates from different lenders to find the best rate for your financial goals. According to research from Freddie Mac, borrowers can save $1,500 on average over the life of their loan by shopping for just one additional rate quote — and an average of $3,000 by comparing five rate quotes.
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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