Mortgage rates trended lower last week, with 30-year fixed rates briefly dipping below 4.8% on Thursday. After months of dramatic increases, recent declines indicate mortgage rates may be leveling off a bit.
Even as rates drop, they are still up 2% from where they ended in 2021. Higher rates have cooled home buying demand as more buyers find themselves out of the market.
Mortgage rates today
Today’s Refinance Rates
Use our free mortgage calculator to see how current interest rates will affect your monthly payments:
Your estimated monthly payment
- paying a 25% a higher down payment would save you $8,916.08 on interest charges
- Lower the interest rate in 1% I would save you $51,562.03
- Paying an additional $500 each month would reduce the length of the loan by 146 months
By clicking “More Details,” you’ll also see how much you’ll pay over the life of your mortgage, including how much goes toward principal versus interest.
Are mortgage rates going up?
Mortgage rates began to rise from record lows in the second half of 2021 and may continue to rise through 2022.
In April, the consumer price index increased 8.3% year over year, a slight slowdown from the March rate. the
it has been working to rein in inflation and plans to raise the target federal funds rate five more times this year, following a 0.25% increase at its March meeting and a 0.5% increase in May.
Although not directly tied to the fed funds rate, mortgage rates often rise as a result of Federal Reserve rate increases. As the central bank continues to tighten monetary policy to reduce inflation, mortgage rates are likely to remain elevated.
What do high rates mean for the real estate market?
When mortgage rates rise, homebuyers’ purchasing power declines, as more of their anticipated housing budget has to go toward interest payments. If rates go high enough, buyers can be pushed out of the market altogether, cooling demand and putting downward pressure on home price growth.
However, that doesn’t mean home prices are going to fall; in fact, they’re expected to rise even higher this year, just at a slower pace than we’ve seen in the past two years.
What is a good mortgage rate?
It can be hard to know if a lender is offering you a good rate, which is why it’s so important to get pre-approved with multiple
and compare each offer. Get pre-approved with at least two or three lenders.
Your rate is not the only thing that matters. Be sure to compare both what your monthly costs would be and your initial costs, including lender fees.
Although mortgage rates are heavily influenced by economic factors beyond your control, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get a good rate:
- Consider fixed rates versus adjustable rates. You may be able to get a lower introductory rate with an adjustable-rate mortgage, which can be a good thing if you plan to move before the introductory period ends. But a fixed rate might be better if you’re buying a forever home because you won’t risk your rate going up later. Look at the rates your lender offers and weigh your options.
- Look at your finances. The stronger your financial situation, the lower your mortgage rate should be. Look for ways to raise your credit score or lower your debt-to-income ratio, if necessary. Saving for a higher down payment also helps.
- Choose the right lender. Each lender charges different mortgage rates. Choosing the right one for your financial situation will help you get a good rate.