Mortgage offers marketed on Bankrate.com have become less generous over the past week. The average mortgage rate Bankrate readers clicked on Thursday jumped to 3.44% from 3.11% the previous Thursday. Although this year’s rate hike marks a reversal from the past two years, mortgage rates remain historically low, making it a good time to get a mortgage or refinance.
Bankrate’s click rate reflects purchase mortgages and refinances with all terms, including 30 and 15 year loans. Rates sometimes include discount points.
The most interesting offers come with a few fine print. For example, to get the best combination of rates and costs, you’ll typically need a credit score of 740 or higher and a down payment of 20% or higher. And many of the lowest rates posted on Bankrate.com include discount points, a way to lower the rate by paying more at closing.
Mortgage rates are constantly changing and have risen from all-time lows set earlier this year. These highs and lows 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 well below where they were before the coronavirus pandemic sent rates to record highs. This means it may still be a good idea to refinance your mortgage.
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Average click-through rate for purchase loans
The average rate clicked by Bankrate readers for 30-year buy mortgages climbed to 3.74% from 3.43% seven days earlier. At this average rate, you’ll pay $462.55 a month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow.
Average click through rate for refinance loans
The typical rate Bankrate readers clicked on for 30-year refinances rose to 3.46% from 3.17% the previous Thursday.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage payment calculator to find your monthly payments and see the effects of extra payments. The tool will also help you determine how much interest you will pay over the life of the loan.
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