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Search for today's mortgage rates for home loans to buy a home or refinance a mortgage. You can compare rates today from several lenders by searching in your state below. The current mortgage rates displayed are for a refinance loan in the amount of $250,000. Change the search form to get your own mortgage loan quotes from several different lenders without providing any personal information. When comparing rates you will also see the annual percentage rate (APR) which is higher than the interest rate because fees and points are calculated into the rate. Your FICO score and the down payment on a home purchase or percent equity in your home on a refinance will also determine the rates you are quoted.

Mortgage Rates Updated Tue Nov 20, 2018
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
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30 yr fixed refi in 23223, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Internet Bank
First Internet Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.592
4.500
USD
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,896
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Home Loans Today
Home Loans Today
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300000
Refinance
4.460
4.375
USD
Home Loans Today Logo
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $2,703
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.668
4.625
USD
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,200
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.864
4.750
USD
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $3,616
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Northpointe Bank
Northpointe Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.583
4.500
USD
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,595
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Mortgage Direct
First Mortgage Direct
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300000
Refinance
4.786
4.625
USD
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,547
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.564
4.460
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,512.93
Fees in APR: $3,323
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Agora Lending
Agora Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.496
4.375
USD
Agora Lending Logo
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $3,931
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.609
4.500
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $3,494
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.566
4.490
USD
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,518.27
Fees in APR: $2,348
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.655
4.550
USD
CIT Bank Logo
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,528.98
Fees in APR: $3,340
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.690
4.490
USD
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,518.27
Fees in APR: $3,923
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.785
4.625
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,493
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.946
4.875
USD
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $2,135
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from McGlone Mortgage Group
McGlone Mortgage Group
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300000
Refinance
4.680
4.625
USD
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,895
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.763
4.750
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $444
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Mortgage Direct
First Mortgage Direct
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.139
5.125
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $477
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
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300000
Refinance
4.685
4.685
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,553.21
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.654
4.625
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $995
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Internet Bank
First Internet Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.644
4.615
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,540.62
Fees in APR: $1,003
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Republic Bank
Republic Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Agora Lending
Agora Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.638
4.625
USD
Agora Lending Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $451
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.025
5.000
USD
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $863
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from LoanLock
LoanLock
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300000
Refinance
4.625
4.625
USD
LoanLock Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: None
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from JG Wentworth Home Lending
JG Wentworth Home Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.640
4.615
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,540.62
Fees in APR: $884
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Northpointe Bank
Northpointe Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.647
4.625
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $757
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Watermark Home Loans
Watermark Home Loans
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300000
Refinance
4.640
4.625
USD
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $536
Watermark Home Loans is a BBB A+ rated Direct Lender. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Home Loans Today
Home Loans Today
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300000
Refinance
4.625
4.625
USD
Home Loans Today Logo
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: None
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Home Loans Today
Home Loans Today
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300000
Refinance
4.385
4.250
USD
Home Loans Today Logo
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,467
 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.793
4.625
USD
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,465
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Agora Lending
Agora Lending
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300000
Refinance
9.503
9.125
USD
Agora Lending Logo
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $6,481
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.536
4.375
USD
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $2,325
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.541
4.350
USD
CIT Bank Logo
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,493.44
Fees in APR: $3,350
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
9.565
9.125
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $8,048
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.429
4.240
USD
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,474.06
Fees in APR: $3,344
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union

4.683%
11/19/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.069
5.000
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union

5.069%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 0.750 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
5.048
4.990
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge

5.048%
11/15/2018
4.990%
at 0.377 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,608.63
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.163
5.125
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA

5.163%
11/13/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.280
5.250
USD
Fulton Bank, NA

5.280%
11/13/2018
5.250%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,656.61
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
5.029
5.000
USD
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.

5.029%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $999
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
5.184
5.125
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.

5.184%
11/19/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.093
5.000
USD
Virginia Credit Union

5.093%
11/13/2018
5.000%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.789
4.750
USD
TD Bank, NA

4.789%
11/16/2018
4.750%
at 0.125 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.075
5.000
USD
Citizens Bank, NA

5.075%
11/16/2018
5.000%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.099
5.000
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union

5.099%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.858
4.750
USD
Bank of America

4.858%
11/14/2018
4.750%
at 0.811 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.907
4.875
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank

4.907%
11/13/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 

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Wells Fargo mortgage rates are currently very competitive right now which isn’t always the case. Mortgage rates today at Wells Fargo Bank are competitive for both conforming and jumbo loans. Today’s 30 year conforming mortgage rate are currently at 4.875 percent while 30 year jumbo rates are at 4.50 percent.

Author: Brian McKay
November 17th, 2018

Triumph Bank Home Loan rates are very competitive right now, and more importantly, the bank doesn’t charge any lender fees on mortgage loans.  Some lenders will charge hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in lender fees which drives up the overall annual percentage rate on a mortgage.

Tip: Searching for the lowest mortgage rates today plus finding lenders with low or no fees can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage.

Triumph Bank Home LoansTriumph Bank Home Loan Rates is part of Triumph Bank, which is based in Collierville, Tennessee. The bank makes loans in all States except NY, CA, AZ, NM, NV, MT, ID, WA, OR, AK and HI. 

Current Triumph Bank Home Loan Rates

Listed below are a sample of today’s mortgage rates at Triumph Bank Home Loans. You can see how these rates compare with the current average mortgage rates listed on the right. Current Average Mortgage Rates Feb 26 - 2018

  • 30 Year Fixed – 4.125% with 0.375 points
  • 30 Year Fixed – 4.25% with zero points
  • 15 Year Fixed – 3.50% with 1 mortgage point
  • 15 Year Fixed – 3.75% with zero points

There are many different factors lenders use to determine what mortgage rates to offer borrowers. The Triumph Bank Home Loan mortgage rates that were quoted are rates based on the following criteria:

  • Home Purchase Loan – A loan to buy a home instead of a refinance loan which is to refinance a current loan
  • Conforming Loan – A loan that conforms to GSE (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) guidelines
  • 20 percent down payment 
  • Credit score of 740 and above

You can see this lender’s current rates by going to their website and clicking on “Check Rates.” Another option would be to compare this lender’s rates with other lender’s rates by searching our mortgage rate list for your state. You will see dozens of mortgage lenders listed all with different mortgage rates, points and fees. Therefore, you will likely get a better rate.

Mortgage rates and refinance rates are moving higher. Now is a good time to lock in a rate because a higher mortgage rate means higher monthly payments. In addition, you will pay more of your monthly mortgage payments towards interest instead of towards principal. 

Author: Brian McKay
February 26th, 2018

Mortgage rates continued the relentless decline this week, hitting yet another new low for 2017. Back in January of this year, forecasts for average 30 year mortgage rates by this time were in the range of 4.75 percent. Average 30 year mortgage rates closed yesterday at 3.67 percent, more than 100 basis points lower than the forecast. 30 year rates are now only about 30 basis points above the all-time record low set in 2012.

15 year mortgage rates also fell this week, hitting a new low for 2017 and falling below 3.00 percent for the first time this year. Average 15 year mortgage rates are at 2.94 percent, down from last week’s average rate of 3.01 percent. 15 year mortgage rates were forecast to be around 3.75 percent by the third quarter of 2017.

5 year adjustable mortgage rates were slightly higher this week, averaging 3.15 percent, up from last week’s average rate of 3.14 percent. In the chart below, you can see the steady decline for mortgage rates this year.

30 year jumbo mortgage rates  declined this week to 4.20 percent, down from last week’s average 30 year jumbo rate of 4.26 percent. Average 15 year jumbo rates fell to 3.83 percent, down from the prior week’s average 15 year rate of 3.87 percent. 5 year jumbo adjustable rates are currently at 3.62 percent, up from last week’s average of 3.60 percent.

Author: Brian McKay
September 21st, 2017

Mortgage rates were widely forecast to move higher in 2017 but that hasn’t happened. In fact, mortgage rates have actually declined since the beginning of 2017. Now we are in the month of June, halfway through the year, and rates are still moving lower.

Back in January 2017, 30 year mortgage rates were above 4.00 percent, averaging around 4.25 percent. By the end of May, 30 year mortgage rates were back under 4.00 percent, averaging 3.90 percent. 30 year mortgage rates today are even lower, averaging 3.75 percent.

RatesORama.com, along with most mortgage related websites, forecast higher mortgage rates. One of the premier organizations in the mortgage business, the Mortgage Bankers Association, also forecast higher mortgage rates. Naturally, their forecast for average rates has declined each month as rates moved lower.


MBA Mortgage Rate Forecasts

January 19th Forecast

  • 30 year rates averaging 4.40% by the 2nd quarter
  • 30 year rates averaging 4.70% by the 4th quarter

April 18th Forecast

  • 30 year rates averaging 4.30% by the 2nd quarter
  • 30 year rates averaging 4.60% by the 4th quarter

June 12th Forecast

  • 30 year rates averaging 4.10% by the 2nd quarter
  • 30 year rates averaging 4.40% by the 4th quarter

The MBA’s forecasts will certainly come down again next month since the 2nd quarter of 2017 is almost over and average 30 year rates are at 3.75 percent.

Future Direction of Mortgage Rates

RatesORama.com now forecast average fixed mortgage rates to hover around current levels for the rest of 2017. That would mean 30 year rates will remain around 3.75 percent and 15 year mortgage rates will remain near 3.00 percent.

Shorter term adjustable mortgage rates are more susceptible to short term bond yields moving higher. The Fed is expected to increase the fed funds rate once more in 2017. The increase will be 25 basis points, which will likely force short term mortgage rates up 25 basis points.

Current average 5 year adjustable mortgage rates are at 3.15 percent. A 25 basis point increase will put 5 year adjustable rates around 3.40 percent. 7 year adjustable rates currently averaging 3.35 percent will move towards 3.60 percent.

Author: Brian McKay
June 29th, 2017

The general consensus is that mortgage rates will move higher in 2017 but that hasn’t happened yet and the year is almost half over. When Trump surprised everyone and won the election, 10 year bond yields and mortgage rates moved higher. 10 year yields increased from roughly 1.80 percent to 2.60 percent and average 30 year mortgage rates increased from 3.40 percent to 4.00 percent.

Since then, both bond yields and mortgage rates are lower and in fact, both are lower overall in 2017. This wasn’t supposed to happen because the Federal Reserve is in tightening mode and has increased rates twice since December 2016.

While the Federal Reserve doesn’t set mortgage rates, their rate changes do affect mortgage rates and the housing market. Mortgage rates tend to move in the same direction as 10 year bond yields because the 10 year note serves as a benchmark for mortgages and many forms of credit.

When the fed funds rate is increased, bond yields move higher and mortgage rates also move higher. The same process happens but in the opposite direction when the fed funds rate is lowered.

The Fed is expected to increase the fed funds rate two more times in 2017 and those rate increases will put more upward pressure on bond yields and mortgage rates. Will two more rate hikes actually produce higher mortgage rates?

We believe so. Don’t be alarmed though -mortgage rates won’t move much higher from current levels. 30 year mortgage rates today are still under 4.00 percent, averaging 3.92 percent.

At the beginning of the year, 30 year mortgage rates were forecast to hit 5.00 percent by the end 2017. We think this is highly unlikely at this point. A more realistic forecast is for 30 year rates to move up to 4.50 percent by the end of the year, which is only 50 basis points higher than today’s average rate.

Author: Brian McKay
May 24th, 2017