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Check out the mortgage rates for Dec. 16, 2022, which are largely down from yesterday. (Credible)
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have fallen for three key terms and remained unchanged for one term since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.000%, down from 6.125%, -0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, unchanged
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, down from 5.750%, -0.250
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, down from 5.750%, -0.250
Rates last updated on Dec. 16, 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: Thirty-year mortgage rates fell to 6% today, offering a slight savings window for borrowers seeking a longer repayment term. Meanwhile, rates for 10- and 15-year terms plunged a quarter point, and 20-year rates held steady. Homebuyers seeking a longer term and smaller monthly payments may want to consider 20-year rates, which are half a point lower than rates for a 30-year term.
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 three key terms and remained unchanged for one term since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.000%, down from 6.125%, -0.125
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.500%, unchanged
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.500%, down from 5.750%, -0.250
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.500%, down from 5.750%, -0.250
Rates last updated on Dec. 16, 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: Homeowners looking to refinance to a longer repayment term have another opportunity to save on interest today with 30-year rates, which are down from yesterday. But homeowners who want to save the most on interest may want to consider 20-year rates. At 5.5%, 20-year refinance terms offer a desirable blend of a low interest rate and manageable monthly 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 refinance or purchase, 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.
How your credit score affects your rate
Many factors can affect the interest rate you receive on a mortgage. Your credit score is an important one.
A higher credit score indicates to lenders that you know how to use credit responsibly. It can boost their confidence that you’ll make your mortgage payments on time and won’t default. Applying for a mortgage with a high credit score could help you qualify for lower interest rates, and give you a wider array of loan types to choose from.
Conversely, a low credit score may make lenders think you’ll have difficulty managing your mortgage, and may miss payments or even go into foreclosure. A low credit score likely means you’ll qualify for higher interest rates, and your loan choices will be more limited.
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.