Today's mortgage rates: 15-year rates slide to 6-day low | May 3, 2021

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Check out the mortgage rates for May 3, 2021, which are down from last Friday. (iStock)

Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates have fallen since last Friday.

  • 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.875%, Unchanging
  • 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.675%, Down from 2.750%, -0.125
  • 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.125%, Down from 2.250%, -0.125
  • 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.000%, Unchanging

Rates last updated on May 3, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

Mortgage interest rates continue to push further into record low territory, with 20- and 15-year fixed slipping to a six-day low. At 2.125%, rates for 15-year loans have fallen back to lows first recorded in January 2021. 

To find the best mortgage rate, start by using Credible, which can show you current mortgage and refinance rates:

Browse rates from multiple lenders so you can make an informed decision about your home loan.

Looking at today’s mortgage refinance rates

Today’s mortgage refinance rates have sunk nearly one tenth of a percentage point compared to last Friday’s. Averages dropped across all loan types — except for 30-year fixed, which have held firm at 3% for 10 consecutive days. Fifteen-year rates continue to represent a steal at just 2.250%, down 250 basis points since this time last month. If you’re considering refinancing an existing home, check out what refinance rates look like:

  • 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 3.000%, Unchanging
  • 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.750%, Down from 2.875%, -0.125
  • 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.250%, Down from 2.375%, -0.125
  • 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.125%, Down from 2.250%, -0.125

Rates last updated on May 3, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

A site like Credible can be a big help when you’re ready to compare mortgage refinance loans. Credible lets you see prequalified rates for conventional mortgages from multiple lenders all within a few minutes. Visit Credible today to get started.

Current mortgage rates

The average mortgage interest rate across all loan terms dropped to 2.406% today, which is down from averages recorded this time last month.

Current 30-year mortgage rates

The current interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.875%. This is the same as last Friday.

Current 20-year mortgage rates

The current interest rate for a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.675%. This is down from last Friday. 

Current 15-year mortgage rates

The current interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.125%. This is down from last Friday.

Current 10-year mortgage rates

The current interest rate for a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.000%. This is the same as last Friday.

You can explore your mortgage options in minutes by visiting Credible to compare current rates from various lenders who offer mortgage refinancing as well as home loans. Check out Credible and get prequalified today, and take a look at today’s refinance rates through the link below.

Rates last updated on May 3, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

How mortgage rates have changed

Today, mortgage rates are unchanged compared to this time last week.

  • 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.875%, the same as last week 
  • 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.675%, the same as last week
  • 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.125%, the same as last week
  • 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.000%, the same as last week

Rates last updated on May 3, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

If you’re trying to find the right rate for your home mortgage or looking to refinance an existing home, 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.

The forecast for mortgage rates in 2021

While it’s impossible to fully predict what mortgage rates will look like in the future, experts can analyze several key indicators to predict future rate trends.

Are you wondering whether you should wait to refinance or buy a home? Take a look at what researchers at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae think rates will look like for the rest of the year. Keep in mind the rates you actually qualify for will be determined by things like your credit score and down payment percentage in addition to current rates, so actual rates will vary. 

Freddie Mac’s mortgage rate forecast

Researchers at Freddie Mac expect mortgage rates to rise slightly throughout 2021, citing the Federal Reserve’s commitment to keeping interest rates low for the foreseeable future.

Here are Freddie Mac’s predictions for how 30-year fixed rates will look for the rest of the year:

  • Q2 (April to June): 2.9%
  • Q3 (July to September): 3.0%
  • Q4 (October to December): 3.0%

Fannie Mae’s mortgage forecast

Fannie Mae researchers anticipate mortgage rates to trend slightly higher this year, citing an ongoing rise in the 10-year Treasury yield. Ultimately, though, Fannie Mae experts believe lenders will "absorb" some of the elevated costs as "refinance demand gradually wanes" — keeping rates at relatively stable levels. 

Based on rates from this January, here’s what Fannie Mae economists predict 30-year fixed rates will look like for the rest of 2021:

  • Q2 (April to June): 2.8%
  • Q3 (July to September): 2.9%
  • Q4 (October to December): 2.9%

How to get low mortgage rates

Mortgage and refinance rates are affected by many economic factors, like unemployment numbers and inflation. But your personal financial history will also determine the rates you’re offered.

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:

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. 

Credible can help you compare current rates from multiple mortgage lenders at once in just a few minutes. Are you looking to refinance an existing home? Use Credible’s online tools to compare rates and get prequalified today.

Mortgage interest rates by loan type

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer shopping for a 30- or 15-year mortgage, or you’re looking to refinance an existing home, Credible can help you find the right mortgage for your financial goals.

Before you fill out your mortgage application, check out these loan rates, which you’ll be able to compare by annual percentage rate (APR) as well as interest rate:

Mortgage refinance:

Home purchase:

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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.