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Top offers on Bankrate vs. the national average interest rate

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Top offers on Bankrate:6.51%

National average:7.21%

For the week of May 10th, top offers on Bankrate are X% lower than the national average.On a $340,000 30-year loan, this translates to $XXX in annual savings.

Today's national mortgage interest rate trends

For today, Sunday, May 12, 2024, the current average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate is 7.14%, decreasing 22 basis points over the last seven days. If you're planning to refinance, today's current average 30-year fixed refinance interest rate is 7.12%, decreasing 24 basis points over the last week. Meanwhile, the average 15-year fixed refinance interest rate is 6.57%, decreasing 23 basis points from a week ago. For now, the consensus is that mortgage rates will ease down in 2024. Whether you need a mortgage now or plan to get one in the next year or two, it’s crucial to compare offers. Bankrate can connect you with current offers on various types of loans, often well below the national average. We display the lender’s interest rate, APR (rate plus costs) and estimated monthly payment to help you more easily find the best mortgage for your needs.

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On Sunday, May 12, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.23%. The average 15-year fixed mortgage APR is 6.70%, according to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.23%. The average 15-year fixed mortgage APR is 6.70%, according to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

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  • National mortgage interest rate trends
  • Mortgage news this week
  • How to get the best mortgage rate
  • Compare mortgage lenders side by side
  • Factors that determine your mortgage rate
  • How to refinance your current mortgage
  • Mortgage FAQ

Weekly national mortgage interest rate trends

Current mortgage rates

30 year fixed7.21%
15 year fixed6.63%
10 year fixed6.63%
5/1 ARM6.66%

Today's national mortgage interest rate trends

For today, Sunday, May 12, 2024, the current average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate is 7.14%, decreasing 22 basis points over the last seven days. If you're planning to refinance, today's current average 30-year fixed refinance interest rate is 7.12%, decreasing 24 basis points over the last week. Meanwhile, the average 15-year fixed refinance interest rate is 6.57%, decreasing 23 basis points from a week ago. For now, the consensus is that mortgage rates will ease down in 2024. Whether you need a mortgage now or plan to get one in the next year or two, it’s crucial to compare offers. Bankrate can connect you with current offers on various types of loans, often well below the national average. We display the lender’s interest rate, APR (rate plus costs) and estimated monthly payment to help you more easily find the best mortgage for your needs.

Mortgage news this week - May 9, 2024

Mortgage rates retreat, dip below 7.25%

Mortgage rates ticked down this week, according to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders. The spring homebuying season has been tough for buyers, with stubbornly high inflation translating to mortgage rates well above 7 percent. With the dip this week, however, more borrowers applied for loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. On May 1, the Federal Reserve again announced it’s putting off rate cuts. (While the central bank doesn't directly set mortgage rates, Fed policy does influence their direction.) May also marks one of the best months for home sellers to garner the highest offers — another factor stacked against buyers.

Mortgage analyst Jeff Ostrowski covers the latest rate movement and more in our weekly update.

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Slim majority of experts predict rates to fall

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Heather Devoto

Vice President, Branch Manager, First Home Mortgage, McLean, VA

"We’re expecting rates to drift lower in the week ahead as traders continue to react to Chair Powell’s comments and the updated view of the labor market." - May 8

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Current mortgage and refinance interest rates

ProductInterest RateAPR
30-Year Fixed Rate7.18%7.23%
20-Year Fixed Rate6.99%7.05%
15-Year Fixed Rate6.62%6.70%
10-Year Fixed Rate6.60%6.67%
5-1 ARM6.71%7.92%
10-1 ARM7.41%8.03%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA7.15%7.19%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA7.15%7.20%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo7.24%7.29%

Rates as of Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6:30 AM

Learn more: Interest rate vs. APR

ProductInterest RateAPR
30-Year Fixed Rate7.18%7.23%
20-Year Fixed Rate7.03%7.08%
15-Year Fixed Rate6.68%6.76%
10-Year Fixed Rate6.61%6.70%
5-1 ARM6.55%7.81%
10-1 ARM7.46%8.04%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA7.22%7.26%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA7.61%7.64%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo7.26%7.31%

Rates as of Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6:30 AM

How to get the best mortgage rate

Getting the best possible rate on your mortgage can mean a difference of hundreds of extra dollars in or out of your budget each month — not to mention thousands saved in interest over the life of the loan. You won’t know what rates you qualify for, though, unless you comparison-shop. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Determine what type of mortgage is right for you. Consider your credit score and down payment, how long you plan to stay in the home, how much you can afford in monthly payments and whether you have the risk tolerance for a variable-rate loan versus a fixed-rate loan.
  2. Compare mortgage rates.There’s only one way to be sure you’re getting the best available rate, and that’s to shop at least three lenders, including large banks, credit unions and online lenders. Bankrate offers a mortgage rates comparison tool to help you find the right rate from a variety of lenders. Keep in mind: Mortgage rates change daily, even hourly, based on market conditions, and vary by loan type and term.
  3. Choose the best mortgage offer for you. Bankrate’s mortgage calculator can help you estimate your monthly mortgage payment, which can be useful as you consider your budget. Look at the APR, not just the interest rate. The APR is the total cost of the loan, including the interest rate and other fees. These fees are part of your closing costs.

Learn more: How to get a mortgage

Why compare mortgage rates?

It’s been proven: Shopping with multiple lenders can save you up to $1,200 a year. Bankrate’s mortgage amortization calculator shows how even a 0.1 percent difference on your rate can translate to thousands of dollars you could pay over the life of the loan.

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Mortgage rates and fees can vary widely across lenders. To help you find the right one for your needs, use this tool to compare lenders based on a variety of factors. Bankrate has reviewed and partners with these lenders, and the two lenders shown first have the highest combined Bankrate Score and customer ratings. You can use the drop downs to explore beyond these lenders and find the best option for you.

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Garden State Home Loans

NMLS: 473163

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State License: MB-473163

3.6

Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5

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Bankrate scores are objectively determined by our editorial team. Our scoring formula weighs several factors consumers should consider when choosing financial products and services.

Recent Customer Reviews

Star ranking and total number reflects the lifetime customer reviews received while this lender has been an advertiser on Bankrate. To help serve you with relevant information, the customer reviews shown are limited to only those that this advertiser has received during the past 12 months.

Rating: 4.98 stars out of 5

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Homefinity

NMLS: 2289

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State License: 4965

4.5

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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Rating: 4.94 stars out of 5

4.9

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Factors that determine your mortgage rate

Your mortgage rate depends on a number of factors, including your individual credit profile and what’s happening in the broader economy. These variables include:

  • Your credit and finances: The better your credit score, the better interest rate you’ll get. The same goes for the size of your down payment and the amount of debt you carry: Generally, if you have more money to put down, you’ll get a lower rate. If you have additional debt, your rate might be higher.
  • Loan amount: The size of your loan can impact your rate.
  • Loan structure: Your rate varies whether you’re obtaining a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate loan. It also depends on the length of the loan (for example, 30 years or 15 years).
  • Location of the property: Rates vary depending on where you’re buying.
  • Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer: Many first-time homebuyer loan programs include a lower-rate mortgage.
  • Economic factors: Broadly, mortgage rates are impacted by forces like the Federal Reserve, inflation and investor appetite.
  • The lender you work with: Lenders set rates based on many factors, including their own supply and demand.

Learn more:How to compare mortgage offers

How to refinance your current mortgage

When interest rates fall, you might choose to refinance your mortgage to a new loan at a lower rate. The process isn’t much different from your original mortgage application, and you’ll likely pay less in closing costs this time around compared to when you first bought a home.

While most borrowers today have mortgages with already-low rates, there are still some instances when refinancing might make sense. If you’re considering refinancing, think about your goals. Do you want to save money? Take cash out? Pay off your mortgage faster? Get a fixed rate? Borrowers refinance for these and many other reasons. Compare refinance rates and do the math with Bankrate's refinance calculator.

Learn more:Should you refinance in 2024?

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Meet our Bankrate experts

Written by: Jeff Ostrowski, Principal Reporter, Mortgages

I cover mortgages and the housing market. Before joining Bankrate in 2020, I spent more than 20 years writing about real estate and the economy for the Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Business Journal. I’ve had a front-row seat for two housing booms and a housing bust. I’ve twice won gold awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and since 2017 I’ve served on the nonprofit’s board of directors.

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Edited by: Suzanne De Vita, Senior Editor, Home Lending

I’ve covered the housing market, mortgages and real estate for the past 12 years. At Bankrate, my areas of focus include first-time homebuyers and mortgage rate trends, and I’m especially interested in the housing needs of baby boomers. In the past, I’ve reported on market indicators like home sales and supply, as well as the real estate brokerage business. My work has been recognized by the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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Reviewed by: Greg McBride, CFA, Chief Financial Analyst, Bankrate

Greg McBride is a CFA charterholder with more than a quarter-century of experience in personal finance, including consumer lending prior to coming to Bankrate. Through Bankrate.com's Money Makeover series, he helped consumers plan for retirement, manage debt and develop appropriate investment allocations. He is an accomplished public speaker, has served as a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist and served on boards in the credit counseling industry for more than a decade and the funding board of the Rose Foundation’s Consumer Financial Education Fund.

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