Here Are Today’s Best Mortgage & Refinance Rates for July 8, 2020

Mortgage loan applications increased for the first time in three weeks, as buyers and homeowners took advantage of record-low interest rate.

Purchase applications increased 5% over the previous week for the seven-days ending July 3. That’s 33% higher than year-ago levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest weekly survey. The average purchase loan size increased to $365,700—also a high, as limited supply pushed home prices higher.

“Mortgage rates declined to another record low as renewed fears of a coronavirus resurgence offset the impacts from a week of mostly positive economic data, such as June factory orders and payroll employment,” said Joel Kan, head of economic and industry forecasting for MBA.

Refinance applications also ticked up, increasing a modest 0.4% from the previous week but still 111% higher than the same week a year ago. Refinance loans made up 60% of the total mortgage loan applications. The loan application numbers are adjusted, taking the July 4th holiday into consideration.

Meanwhile, the number of loans in forbearance continued declining, dropping 8 basis points to 8.39% of servicer loans for the week ending June 28.

“It is not surprising that the forbearance numbers continue to improve as more people go back to their jobs,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist, referring to the better than expected June jobs report. “The decrease in new forbearance requests indicates that further declines are likely in the weeks ahead.”

Average Mortgage Rates Today

For the week ending July 2, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage set a new record low of 3.07% with 0.8 points paid, according to Freddie Mac. That’s 0.06 percentage points below the previous low of 3.13%.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.56% with 0.8 points paid, down 0.03 percentage points from the previous week, while the average rate on a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage decreased to 3.00% with 0.3 points paid.

Average Refinance Rates Today

A year ago the average mortgage rate was 3.75%. A homeowner with a $250,000 mortgage balance paying 3.75% on a 30-year loan could cut their monthly payment from $1,158 to $1,063 by financing at today’s lower rates. (It is important to consider closing fees and that refinancing could reset the clock on your mortgage, meaning you will have to make payments longer.)

Today’s Mortgage Rates

Of course, mortgage rates vary widely by location and personal factors like location, the size of your down payment and your credit score. Here are today’s advertised mortgage rates at some of the mortgage industry’s largest lenders. (The rates you see may be different.)

Quicken

Quicken, a non-bank lender based in Detroit, is the nation’s largest mortgage lender by dollar origination volume.

Mortgage rates advertised for July 8:

30-year fixed: 3.373%

15-year-fixed: 2.924%

(Quicken doesn’t advertise a five-year adjustable rate. Rates are APRs.)

Wells Fargo

Based in San Francisco, Wells Fargo has more than 7,000 locations.

Mortgage rates advertised for July 8:

30-year fixed: 3.092%

15-year-fixed: 2.595%

5-year ARM: 2.784%

(Rates are APRs.)

JP Morgan Chase

Based in New York, JP Morgan Chase has nearly 5,000 U.S. branches.

Mortgage rates advertised for July 8:

30-year fixed: 2.948%

15-year-fixed: 2.569%

5-year ARM: 2.746%

(Rates based on New York City zip code 10006. Rates are APRs.)

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