Today's mortgage rates: 10-year rates offer biggest savings opportunity | May 18, 2022
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Check out the mortgage rates for May 18, 2022, which are trending up from yesterday. (Credible)
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rates have risen across all terms since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.375%, up from 5.125%, +0.250
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 5.500%, up from 5.375%, +0.125
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.375%, up from 4.250%, +0.125
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 4.500%, up from 4.250%, +0.250
Rates last updated on May 18, 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: After dropping significantly yesterday, mortgage refinance rates are back on the rise. Rates for a 15-year refinance are currently lower than rates for all other repayment terms, and are a full percentage point lower than a 30-year term. Homeowners looking to refinance may find 15-year rates offer the best opportunity for a lower rate and manageable monthly payment.
Today’s mortgage rates for home purchases
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have risen across all terms since yesterday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.375%, up from 5.250%, +0.125
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 5.500%, up from 4.875%, +0.625
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.625%, up from 4.500%, +0.125
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 4.375%, up from 4.250%, +0.125
Rates last updated on May 18, 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: Rates for 20-year terms surged today, meaning buyers may want to look to shorter terms to take advantage of interest savings. With rates for 10-year loans a full percentage point lower than 20-year loans, borrowers who can afford higher monthly payments should comparison shop and consider shorter repayment terms to find their best possible rate. But with 20-year rates soaring past 30-year rates, buyers who want a longer repayment term should stick with a 30-year mortgage.
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.
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 or refinance, 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.
Are you looking to buy a home? Credible can help you compare current rates from multiple mortgage lenders at once in just a few minutes. Use Credible’s online tools to compare rates and get prequalified today.
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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 do I choose a mortgage lender?
A mortgage is likely the largest debt you’ll take on in life — one that will take decades to repay. So it’s critical to make sure you choose a mortgage lender and mortgage that work best for your needs and financial situation.
Here are some tips to help you choose a mortgage lender:
- Comparison shop. Compare rates and terms from multiple lenders. Just as you comparison shop for less important purchases, you should compare offers from several lenders. A Freddie Mac study found that adding just one quote to your mortgage search could save you $1,500 over the life of a loan. Adding five could save you about $3,000. Credible makes it easy to compare your prequalified rates from multiple lenders.
- Consider a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers can do the legwork for you when it comes to finding a loan deal. But be aware that mortgage brokers typically make money by charging a small percentage of the loan for their services.
- Leverage relationships. Explore mortgage offerings from banks and financial institutions you already do business with. Loyalty and familiarity may work in your favor in negotiating a good mortgage deal.
- Look for referrals. Ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors for referrals, and about their experiences with different lenders.
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.