Today’s mortgage and refinance rates
Average mortgage rates moved moderately higher yesterday. That movement wiped out Monday’s fall but barely touched Friday’s enormous drop.
Earlier this morning, it was looking as if mortgage rates today might fall modestly. But that could change later in the day.
Current mortgage and refinance rates
|Conventional 30 year fixed||6.439%||6.473%||+0.08%|
|Conventional 15 year fixed||5.441%||5.498%||-0.03%|
|Conventional 20 year fixed||6.092%||6.148%||+0.02%|
|Conventional 10 year fixed||5.678%||5.797%||-0.02%|
|30 year fixed FHA||6.136%||6.878%||+0.02%|
|15 year fixed FHA||5.581%||6.072%||-0.08%|
|30 year fixed VA||5.784%||6.011%||-0.31%|
|15 year fixed VA||6.032%||6.389%||-0.09%|
|Conventional 5 year ARM||6.75%||6.905%||+0.15%|
|5/1 ARM FHA||6.75%||7.166%||+0.16%|
|5/1 ARM VA||6.694%||7.142%||+0.14%|
|Rates are provided by our partner network, and may not reflect the market. Your rate might be different. Click here for a personalized rate quote. See our rate assumptions here.|
Should you lock a mortgage rate today?
Don’t lock on a day when mortgage rates look set to fall. My recommendations (below) are intended to give longer-term suggestions about the overall direction of those rates. So, they don’t change daily to reflect fleeting sentiments in volatile markets.
It may appear perverse that I’ve not yet changed my personal rate lock recommendations. But you can read my reasons, below.
And, for now, those recommendations remain:
- LOCK if closing in 7 days
- LOCK if closing in 15 days
- LOCK if closing in 30 days
- LOCK if closing in 45 days
- LOCK if closing in 60 days
>Related: 7 Tips to get the best refinance rate
Market data affecting today’s mortgage rates
Here’s a snapshot of the state of play this morning at about 9:50 a.m. (ET). The data, compared with roughly the same time yesterday, were:
- The yield on 10-year Treasury notes held steady at 3.57%. (Neutral for mortgage rates.) However, they were rising this morning, which is bad. More than any other market, mortgage rates typically tend to follow these particular Treasury bond yields
- Major stock indexes were a little higher soon after opening. (Sometimes bad for mortgage rates.) When investors buy shares, they’re often selling bonds, which pushes those prices down and increases yields and mortgage rates. The opposite may happen when indexes are lower. But this is an imperfect relationship
- Oil prices increased to $76.30 from $75.22 a barrel. (Bad for mortgage rates*.) Energy prices play a prominent role in creating inflation and also point to future economic activity
- Gold prices Held steady at $1,879 an ounce. (Neutral for mortgage rates*.) It is generally better for rates when gold rises and worse when gold falls. Gold tends to rise when investors worry about the economy.
- CNN Business Fear & Greed index — nudged up to 56 from 52 out of 100. (Bad for mortgage rates.) “Greedy” investors push bond prices down (and interest rates up) as they leave the bond market and move into stocks, while “fearful” investors do the opposite. So lower readings are often better than higher ones
*A movement of less than $20 on gold prices or 40 cents on oil ones is a change of 1% or less. So we only count meaningful differences as good or bad for mortgage rates.
Caveats about markets and rates
Before the pandemic and the Federal Reserve’s interventions in the mortgage market, you could look at the above figures and make a pretty good guess about what would happen to mortgage rates that day. But that’s no longer the case. We still make daily calls. And are usually right. But our record for accuracy won’t achieve its former high levels until things settle down.
So, use markets only as a rough guide. Because they have to be exceptionally strong or weak to rely on them. But, with that caveat, mortgage rates today look likely to fall. However, be aware that “intraday swings” (when rates change speed or direction during the day) are a common feature right now.
Important notes on today’s mortgage rates
Here are some things you need to know:
- Typically, mortgage rates go up when the economy’s doing well and down when it’s in trouble. But there are exceptions. Read ‘How mortgage rates are determined and why you should care’
- Only “top-tier” borrowers (with stellar credit scores, big down payments and very healthy finances) get the ultralow mortgage rates you’ll see advertised
- Lenders vary. Yours may or may not follow the crowd when it comes to daily rate movements — though they all usually follow the broader trend over time
- When daily rate changes are small, some lenders will adjust closing costs and leave their rate cards the same
- Refinance rates are typically close to those for purchases.
A lot is going on at the moment. And nobody can claim to know with certainty what will happen to mortgage rates in the coming hours, days, weeks or months.
Are mortgage and refinance rates rising or falling?
I’ve been writing a lot recently about the tensions between the bond investors who largely determine mortgage rates and the Federal Reserve. Those investors seem to think that the Fed will soon stop hiking interest rates while the Fed itself is saying that’s unlikely to be the case. Apparently, investors still don’t believe it.
Of course, it’s possible that markets will turn out to be right. Maybe the inflation rate will drop to the Fed’s target of 2% annually very soon. But few economists seem to think that’s likely.
And, on Monday, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said he thought the Fed should hike its interest rate above 5% by early in the second quarter of this year. Worse, he believed rates should stay at that elevated level for “a long time.”
Then, yesterday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell — the central bank’s most influential figure by far — tried to damp down unwarranted optimism over rates. He told an audience in Sweden: “Price stability is the bedrock of a healthy economy and provides the public with immeasurable benefits over time. But restoring price stability when inflation is high can require measures that are not popular in the short term as we raise interest rates to slow the economy.”
Mr. Powell’s remarks are probably why mortgage rates rose yesterday. The Fed is clearly alarmed that markets have gotten carried away in building unrealistic expectations for future interest rates.
If and when investors start listening to the Fed, we could see mortgage rates bounce higher. That’s not a certainty, but it’s a big risk that you should include in your thinking when deciding when to lock your own mortgage rate.
According to Freddie Mac’s archives, the weekly all-time low for mortgage rates was set on Jan. 7, 2021, when it stood at 2.65% for conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages.
Freddie’s Jan. 5 report put that same weekly average at 6.48%, up from the previous week’s 6.42%.
In November, Freddie stopped including discount points in its forecasts. It has also delayed until later in the day the time at which it publishes its Thursday reports. And, from now on, we’ll be updating this section on Fridays.
Expert mortgage rate forecasts
Looking further ahead, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) each has a team of economists dedicated to monitoring and forecasting what will happen to the economy, the housing sector and mortgage rates.
And here are their rate forecasts for the current quarter (Q4/22) and the first three quarters of next year (Q1/23, Q2/23 and Q3/24).
The numbers in the table below are for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages. Fannie’s and the MBA’s forecasts appeared on Dec. 19 and Freddie’s on Oct. 21. Freddie now publishes its forecasts quarterly and its figures can quickly become stale.
Of course, given so many unknowables, the whole current crop of forecasts might be even more speculative than usual. And their past record for accuracy hasn’t been wildly impressive.
Find your lowest rate today
You should comparison shop widely, no matter what sort of mortgage you want. As federal regulator the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says:
“Shopping around for your mortgage has the potential to lead to real savings. It may not sound like much, but saving even a quarter of a point in interest on your mortgage saves you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.”
Mortgage rate methodology
The Mortgage Reports receives rates based on selected criteria from multiple lending partners each day. We arrive at an average rate and APR for each loan type to display in our chart. Because we average an array of rates, it gives you a better idea of what you might find in the marketplace. Furthermore, we average rates for the same loan types. For example, FHA fixed with FHA fixed. The end result is a good snapshot of daily rates and how they change over time.