Mortgage rates near all-time lows; refinancing applications surge

Mortgage rates on 30-year terms are near all-time lows while 15-year home loans are now below 3 percent, according to a survey of major national lenders.

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A home for sale in Carlsbad, Calif. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates fell near historic lows according to a survey released Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Fixed-rate mortgage terms are steeply discounted and approaching historic levels. After another round of cuts today, mortgage rates on 30-year terms are near all-time lows while 15-year home loans are now below 3%, according to a Tuesday morning survey of major national lenders.

The NerdWallet Mortgage Rate Index compiles annual percentage rates — lender interest rates plus fees — the most accurate way for consumers to compare rates. Here are today’s average rates for the most popular loan terms:

Purchase Mortgage Rates: July 5, 2016

(Change from 7/1)

30-year fixed: 3.54% APR (-0.04)

15-year fixed: 2.97% APR (-0.03)

5/1 ARM: 3.31% APR (-0.01)

Compare mortgage rates

 

Refinance Mortgage Rates: July 5, 2016

(Change from 7/1)

30-year fixed: 3.62% APR (-0.05)

15-year fixed: 2.99% APR (-0.03)

5/1 ARM: 3.33% APR (-0.01)

Homeowners looking to lower their mortgage rate can shop for refinance lenders here.

Wells Fargo, Chase and BOA mortgage rates

Three major components of the NerdWallet Mortgage Rate Index are leading lenders Wells Fargo, Chase and Bank of America. Their current purchase mortgage rates are:

Bank Mortgage Rates 7/5

  30-year fixed 15-year fixed 5/1 ARM
Wells Fargo 3.65% APR 2.98% APR 3.38% APR
Chase 3.33% APR 2.79% APR 3.32% APR
Bank of America 3.52% APR N/A 3.26% APR

NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the lowest published APR for each loan term offered by a sampling of major national lenders. Annual percentage rate quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providing the most accurate view of the costs a borrower might pay.

Hal Bundrick is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email:hal@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @halmbundrick.

The article Mortgage Rates Today, Tuesday, July 5: Down Again and Nearing Historic Lowsoriginally appeared on NerdWallet.

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