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The recent up-and-down of mortgage rates continues, with rates dipping slightly Friday. Though well above the five-month lows set in early August, rates are still relatively cheap, with the 30-year average sitting not far above 3%.

Today’s National Mortgage Rate Averages

Mortgage rates edged lower Friday, extending their erratic but narrow yo-yo pattern of the past two and a half weeks. The average of 30-year fixed rate loans dropped four points to 3.07%, leaving it 18 basis points above the 2.89% five-month low set August 3.

Rates on 15-year and Jumbo 30-year fixed-rate loans also declined, with the 15-year average shedding two points to reach 2.36%, a 15-point elevation over early August’s low point, and Jumbo 30-year rates dropping just a point, to 3.16%. That brings the Jumbo rate 10 points higher than the recent five-month low.

Refinance rates averaged 11 to 18 basis points higher than new purchase rates on fixed-rate loans, while 5/1 ARM refinancing currently carries a premium of 41 points over new purchase ARMs. Notably, the average Jumbo 30-year refinanced rate is just four points above its lowest level since February.


The rates you see here generally won’t compare directly with teaser rates you see advertised online, since those rates are cherry-picked as the most attractive. They may involve paying points in advance, or may be selected based on a hypothetical borrower with an ultra-high credit score or taking a smaller-than-typical loan given the value of the home.

Lowest Mortgage Rates by State

The lowest mortgage rates available vary depending on the state where originations occur. Mortgage rates can be influenced by state-level variations in credit score, average mortgage loan term, and size, as well as individual lenders’ varying risk management strategies.

These rates are surveyed directly from over 200 top lenders.

What Causes Mortgage Rates to Rise or Fall?

Mortgage rates are determined by a complex interaction of macroeconomic and industry factors, such as the level and direction of the bond market, including 10-year Treasury yields; the Federal Reserve’s current monetary policy, especially as it relates to funding government-backed mortgages; and competition between lenders and across loan types. Because fluctuations can be caused by any number of these at once, it’s generally difficult to attribute the change to any one factor.

Macroeconomic factors have kept the mortgage market relatively low for the last several months. In particular, the Federal Reserve has been buying billions of dollars of bonds and continues to do so. This bond-buying policy (and not the more publicized federal funds rate) is a major influencer on mortgage rates.

But Fed policy could soon change. The Fed’s rate and policy committee, called the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), meets every 6-8 weeks, and concluded their latest meeting July 28. The detailed minutes of that meeting were released August 18, and though they are not yet announcing a change to their bond-buying plans, a majority of Fed members indicated they favor beginning to taper the stimulus by the end of 2021.


The national averages cited above were calculated based on the lowest rate offered by more than 200 of the country’s top lenders, assuming a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 80% and an applicant with a FICO credit score in the 700-760 range. The resulting rates are representative of what customers should expect to see when receiving actual quotes from lenders based on their qualifications, which may vary from advertised teaser rates.

For our map of the best state rates, the lowest rate currently offered by a surveyed lender in that state is listed, assuming the same parameters of an 80% LTV and a credit score between 700-760.