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Mortgage rate deals for week ending May 14, 2022: Top offers from lenders

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The average rate for mortgage offers clicked on by Bankrate readers Thursday was 4.36 percent, a difference of just one basis point from last week. With mortgage rates still trending up, it’s more important than ever to shop around if you want to find a good deal for either a new mortgage or refinance.

Bankrate’s “clicked-on” rate reflects purchase mortgages and refinances with all terms, including 30-year and 15-year loans.

The sweetest deals come with some fine print. For instance, to score the best combination of rate and costs, you’ll generally need a credit score of 740 or higher and a down payment of 20 percent or more. Many of the lowest rates posted on Bankrate.com also include discount points, a way of buying down the rate by paying more at closing.

Rates for mortgages change constantly, and they’ve recently risen sharply. Those ups and downs reflect the volatility of the mortgage market as the economy continues to recover from the sudden shock of the COVID-19 recession, inflation rages and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine adds geopolitical uncertainty.

While it still might make sense to refinance your mortgage, the calculation has changed: Most refis now are being done by homeowners pulling out equity to pay for renovations or repairs.

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Key takeaway
Be sure to get at least three offers — you can save thousands of dollars by comparison shopping.

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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 4.92 percent on Thursday. At that average rate, you’ll pay $531.94 each month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow.

Average clicked on rate for refinance loans

The typical rate clicked on by Bankrate readers for 30-year refinances stood at 4.74 percent Thursday.

You can use Bankrate’s mortgage payment calculator to estimate your monthly payments and see the effect of making extra payments. The tool can also help you determine how much interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

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Written by
Zach Wichter
Mortgage reporter
Zach Wichter is a mortgage reporter at Bankrate. He previously worked on the Business desk at The New York Times where he won a Loeb Award for breaking news, and covered aviation for The Points Guy.
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