Today's mortgage rates: Look to shorter terms for best bargain | Feb. 6, 2023
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Check out the mortgage rates for Feb. 6, 2023, which are mixed from last Friday. (Credible)
Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage rates for home purchases have risen for two key terms and remained unchanged for two other terms since Friday.
- 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.875%, up from 6.500%, +0.375
- 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 7.000%, up from 6.500%, +0.500
- 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, unchanged
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 6.500%, unchanged
Rates last updated on Feb. 6, 2023. 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: After spiking following the Fed’s Feb. 1 interest rate hike, today’s mortgage rates have held steady for shorter repayment terms, while rates for longer terms have continued to rise. Thirty-year interest rates rose more than a quarter of a percentage point, while 20-year rates surged half a percentage point to hit 7%. Buyers who can swing a larger monthly mortgage payment will find the most interest savings with shorter repayment terms. Those seeking more time to repay their mortgage might want to consider a 30-year term, while rates are under 7%.
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Based on data compiled by Credible, mortgage refinance rates have risen for two key terms and remained unchanged for two other terms since last Friday.
- 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.500%, up from 5.375%, +1.125
- 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.375%, up from 5.875%, +0.500
- 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.250%, unchanged
- 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 6.500%, unchanged
Rates last updated on Feb. 6, 2023. 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: Mortgage refinance rates surged today for longer repayment terms, with 30-year rates rising by more than a full percentage point. Meanwhile, 10- and 15-year rates held steady. Homeowners looking to refinance may want to consider 15-year rates, as they’re the lowest available at 6.25%. Though shorter terms come with higher monthly payments, they offer homeowners the opportunity to be mortgage-free sooner. But at 6.375%, homeowners who want to refinance to a longer term should stick with a 20-year refinance.
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 refinance or purchase, 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.
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 does the Federal Reserve affect mortgage rates?
The Federal Reserve System — or "The Fed," as it’s commonly called — is the United States’ central bank. It’s tasked with taking steps to keep the economy safe, stable and flexible. Consequently, the Fed controls the U.S. money supply and short-term interest rates, and sets the Fed funds rate, which is the rate that banks apply when borrowing from each other overnight.
But the Fed doesn’t actually set mortgage rates. Rather, multiple things the Fed does influence mortgage rates. For example, while mortgage rates don’t mirror the Fed funds rate, they do tend to follow it. If that rate rises, mortgage rates typically rise in tandem.
The Fed also buys and sells mortgage-backed securities, or MBS — a package of similar loans that a major mortgage investor buys and then resells to investors in the bond market. When the Fed buys a lot of mortgage-backed securities, it creates demand in the market, and lenders can make money even if they offer lower mortgage rates. So rates tend to be lower when the Fed is doing a lot of buying.
When the Fed buys fewer MBS, demand falls and rates will likely rise. Similarly, when the Fed raises the Fed fund rate, mortgage rates will also increase.
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