Today's 20-year mortgage rates sink to 13-day low | May 17, 2022
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Check out the mortgage rates for May 17, 2022, which are largely down from yesterday. (Credible)
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rates have fallen for three key terms and risen for one other term since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.125%, down from 5.500%, -0.375
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.375%, up from 4.875%, +0.500
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.250%, down from 4.625%, -0.375
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.250%, down from 4.750%, -0.500
Rates last updated on May 17, 2022. 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 fell significantly across three terms today, with 30- and 15-year rates falling by more than a quarter of a percentage point and 10-year rates falling by half a percentage point. With rates for longer terms sitting above 5%, homeowners looking to refinance may consider shorter terms to save the most on interest.
Today’s mortgage rates for home purchases
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have fallen for three key terms and remained unchanged for one other term since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.250%, unchanged
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.875%, down from 4.990%, -0.115
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.500%, down from 4.750%, -0.250
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.250%, down from 4.750%, -0.500
Rates last updated on May 17, 2022. 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 dropped for three terms today, giving buyers another opportunity to save on interest. Buyers looking for a longer repayment term and smaller monthly payment may find their best bargains with 20-year rates, which hit their lowest level in 13 days. Mortgage rates can fluctuate from day to day, so buyers may want to lock in a lower rate now ahead of future increases.
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.
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.
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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.
What is a good mortgage rate?
Generally, a good mortgage rate is one that’s the lowest you can qualify for based on your individual factors, such as credit history, income, other debts, down payment amount, and more.
A rate that’s good for your financial situation should result in a monthly mortgage payment that you can manage, while leaving plenty of room in your monthly budget to put toward savings, investments, and an emergency fund. And a good rate should be competitive with average rates in the geographic area where you’re looking to buy.
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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As a Credible authority on mortgages and personal finance, Chris Jennings has covered topics that include mortgage loans, mortgage refinancing, and more. He’s been an editor and editorial assistant in the online personal finance space for four years. His work has been featured by MSN, AOL, Yahoo Finance, and more.