Today’s Mortgage Rates & Trends – January 14, 2022: Rates bob up

After a sizable decline Wednesday, mortgage rates reclaimed a few points Thursday. With the general trend since New Year’s being a dramatic surge upward, almost every mortgage average is well above its highest point of 2021, with most sitting at levels not seen since spring 2020. National averages of the lowest rates offered by more than 200 of the country’s top lenders, with a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 80%, an applicant with a FICO credit score of 700-760, and no mortgage points. Today’s National Mortgage Rate Averages

While mortgage rates have exploded higher this year, they have come off their YTD peak the last two days. The 30-year fixed-rate average gained three points Thursday, but after dropping a substantial eight basis points the day before. At 3.67%, the average is still more than a quarter percentage point above where it ended 2021, and matches levels not registered since early in the pandemic.

Rates on 15-year loans have been on a similar path this year, and also rose Thursday, adding five points to 2.86%. Like the 30-year average, the 15-year average is the highest we’ve seen since April 2020.

Meanwhile, the Jumbo 30-year rate has shown fewer dramatic surges this month, and is the one major average that still sits under its high-water mark of last year. The average has held steady four of the last five days, though it plunged 12 basis points Wednesday to 3.32%.

Compared to early August, when a major rate dip took most averages to five-month lows, the 30-year average is currently 78 basis points more expensive, while the 15-year and Jumbo 30-year averages are up 65 and 26 points, respectively.

Refinance rates behaved similarly Monday, with the 30-year average rising two points and the 15-year four points, while the Jumbo 30-year average remained flat after a Wednesday surge. Like new purchase rates, the 30-year and 15-year refinance averages have moved above their 2021 highs, while the Jumbo 30-year refinance average is still cheaper. The cost to refinance fixed-rate loans is currently 10 to 18 points higher than new purchase loans.

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. 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 […]

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