Mortgage rate deals for week ending March 6, 2021: Top offers from lenders

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The rates on mortgage offers advertised on grew a bit more generous in the past week. The average rate on mortgages clicked on by Bankrate readers Thursday fell to 2.58 percent, down 12 basis points from the previous Thursday.

This “clicked-on” rate reflects purchase mortgages and refinances with all terms, including 30- and 15-year loans. The rates may include discount points.

The sweetest deals come with caveats. For instance, to score the best rate, you’ll generally need a credit score of 740 or higher and a down payment of 20 percent or more. And many of the lowest rates posted on include discount points, a way of buying down the rate by paying more at closing.

Rates for mortgages change constantly. But overall, rates remain much lower than they were before the coronavirus pandemic sent rates to record lows. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, it could make sense to lock if you see a rate you like. Just don’t do so without shopping around first.

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Average clicked on rate for purchase loans

The average rate clicked on by Bankrate readers for 30-year purchase mortgages was 2.75 percent, down from 2.81 percent seven days earlier. At that average rate, you’ll pay $408.24 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow.

Average clicked on rate for refinance loans

The average rate clicked on by Bankrate readers for 30-year refinances was also 2.75 percent, down from 2.86 percent the previous Thursday. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage refinance was lower, at 2.56 percent.

You can use Bankrate’s mortgage payment calculator to find your monthly payments and see the effects of making extra payments. The tool also will help you determine how much interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.
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Written by
Jeff Ostrowski
Senior mortgage reporter
Jeff Ostrowski covers mortgages and the housing market. Before joining Bankrate in 2020, he wrote about real estate and the economy for the Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Business Journal.
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