[Fox Business] What’s today’s lowest mortgage rate? 10-year terms at 5.875% | August 1, 2023

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Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have remained unchanged for three key terms, while another has risen since yesterday.

Rates last updated on August 1, 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: For the third day in a row, mortgage purchase rates for 15-, 20-, and 30-year terms have stayed above 7%, while rates for 10-year terms have remained in the 5% range. Today, rates for 30-year terms have edged up to 7.625%. Meanwhile, rates for 15- and 20-year terms have held steady at 7.125% and 8%, respectively. Additionally, rates for 10-year terms have remained as today’s lowest term, at 5.875%. Homebuyers interested in maximizing their interest savings should consider 10-year terms. Borrowers who would rather have a lower monthly payment should instead consider 30-year terms, as they have the lowest rate of the two longer 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 fallen for one term, risen for another, and remained unchanged across two other terms since yesterday.

Rates last updated on August 1, 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 continue to keep longer terms above 6%, while shorter terms stay within the 5% range. Today, rates for 10- and 15-year terms have remained unchanged at 5.875%. Meanwhile, rates for 20- and 30-year terms sit at 6.625%. However, rates for 20-year terms have edged up, while rates for 30-year terms have dropped by a quarter of a percentage point. Borrowers interested in a smaller monthly payment should consider either of today’s longer terms. Homeowners who would rather save the most on interest should instead consider either of today’s shorter terms, as they both have today’s lowest rate.

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. 

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.

Many factors affect what mortgage interest rate you can qualify for, and some of them are within your control. Improving these factors could help you qualify for a lower interest rate. 

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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