The mortgage offers marketed on Bankrate.com grew more generous in the past week. The average rate on mortgages clicked on by Bankrate readers Thursday fell to 2.5 percent from 2.59 percent the previous Thursday. While everyone expects rates to rise in the coming year, mortgage rates remain historically low, making it a good time to get a mortgage or refinance.
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. And many of the lowest rates posted on Bankrate.com include discount points, a way of buying down the rate by paying more at closing.
Rates for mortgages change constantly, and they’ve risen from all-time lows set earlier this year. Those ups and downs reflect the unpredictability of the mortgage market as the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 recession.
Even after their recent moves, rates remain much lower than they were before the coronavirus pandemic sent rates to record lows. That means it can still make sense to refinance your mortgage.
Average clicked on rate for purchase loans
The average rate clicked on by Bankrate readers for 30-year purchase mortgages fell to 2.72 percent from 2.83 percent seven days earlier. At that average rate, you’ll pay $406.65 a 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 was 2.63 percent, unchanged from the previous Thursday.
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.