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Today’s 20-year mortgage rates climb past steady 30-year rates | August 25, 2022

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Check out the mortgage rates for August 25, 2022, which are largely up from yesterday. (Credible)

Based on data compiled by Credible, three key mortgage refinance rates have risen and one remained unchanged since yesterday.

Rates last updated on August 25, 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: Rates for a 30-year mortgage refinance rested today, while rates for all other repayment terms edged up. Rates for 20- and 15-year terms rose slightly, while 10-year rates rose a quarter point. Homeowners looking to refinance stand to save the most on interest with 15-year rates.

Today’s mortgage rates for home purchases

Based on data compiled by Credible, three key mortgage rates for home purchases have risen and one remained unchanged since yesterday.

Rates last updated on August 25, 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 mortgages rose today, climbing past 30-year rates. With rates for all repayment terms over 5%, 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 now higher than 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 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.

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.

Getting a mortgage vs. renting

If you’re wondering if you should buy a house or continue renting, no single answer is right for everyone. Whether you should buy or continue renting depends on many factors, including your personal financial situation, long-term goals, preferred lifestyle, and market conditions in your area.

Buying a home does come with some distinct advantages that you can’t get from renting, including …

  • You can build equity. Home equity can help you build long-term wealth.
  • You can personalize your living space more than with a rental that someone else owns.
  • Owning a home can provide intangible benefits like pride of ownership, a sense of community, and stability.
  • Your mortgage payment may be less than rents in your area.
  • Mortgage interest is usually tax deductible.

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.

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