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Today’s mortgage and refinance rates: June 20, 2021


Mortgage rates have shifted since last week and month — some rates are a little lower, while others are a little higher. Overall, it’s a good day to lock in a low rate.

If you’re ready to buy or refinance, you’ll probably want a fixed-rate mortgage rather than an adjustable-rate mortgage. ARM rates are starting higher than fixed rates right now, and you’d risk your rate increasing even more in a few years. It’s safer to lock in an all-time low rate while you can.

Today’s mortgage rates

Today’s refinance rates

What is a mortgage rate?

A mortgage rate is the interest you pay on the money you borrow from a lender to buy or refinance your home. It’s basically the fee you pay for borrowing, expressed as a percentage. For example, you may take out a $200,000 mortgage, plus a 2.75% interest rate.

There are two types of mortgage rates: fixed and adjustable.

A fixed-rate mortgage locks in your rate for the entire length of your mortgage. Even if rates in the US market increase or decrease, your rate will stay the same. This is an especially great deal right now, as rates are at historic lows.

An adjustable-rate mortgage keeps your rate the same for a predetermined amount of time, then changes it periodically. A 10/1 ARM locks in your rate for the first 10 years, then the rate fluctuates once per year. This is a riskier approach these days, because ARM rates are starting higher than fixed rates, and you risk your rate going up later.

How are mortgage rates determined?

Mortgage rates are determined by a combination of factors — some you can control, and some you can’t.

The main external factor is the economyInterest rates tend to be higher when the US economy is thriving and lower when it’s struggling. The two main economic factors that impact mortgage rates are employment and inflation. When employment numbers and inflation go up, mortgage rates tend to increase.

You can control your finances, though. The better your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and down payment, the lower your rate should be.

Finally, your mortgage rate relies on what type of mortgage you get. Government-backed mortgages (like FHA, VA, and USDA loans) charge the lowest rates, while jumbo mortgages charge the highest rates. You’ll also get a lower rate with a shorter mortgage term.

What credit score do you need for a mortgage?

Each type of mortgage has a different minimum credit score requirement. Here’s how it typically breaks down:

These are just the general rules of thumb, though. Each lender has the right to require a higher or lower credit score. (Although the FHA minimums listed here are the lowest a lender will allow.)

If your credit score is higher than the minimum a lender requires, you could get a better mortgage interest rate.

Learn more and get offers from multiple lenders »

Mortgage rates last week and month

Mortgage rate trends

Refinance rate trends

Mortgage and refinance rates by state

Check the latest rates in your state at the links below.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington DC
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

About the authors

Laura Grace Tarpley is an editor at Personal Finance Insider, covering mortgages, refinancing, and lending. She is also a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF). Over her five years of covering personal finance, she has written extensively about ways to navigate loans .

Ryan Wangman is a review fellow at Personal Finance Insider reporting on mortgages, refinancing, bank accounts, bank reviews, and loans. In his past experience writing about personal finance, he has written about credit scores, financial literacy, and homeownership.



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