Mortgage

Homebuyers, you could have saved $56,826 by shopping around for a mortgage last week

Last week, the share of borrowers who received rates under 4.25% rose to 60.1%

Mortgage borrowers who shopped around last week could’ve saved $56,826 on the life of a $300,000 loan, according to LendingTree's Mortgage Rate Competition Index.

The index measures the spread in the APR of the best offers available on its website. LendingTree derives that savings claim by comparing the amount a borrower would pay out of over the life of a loan at the lowest available interest rate on its site versus the highest available interest rate.

According to the company’s data, the share of borrowers who received rates under 4.25% rose to 60.1%, with the index growing to 1.19 for the week ending July 7, 2019. 

This percentage is a moderate increase from last week’s 57%, and still surpasses 2018’s rate when only 0.06% of purchase offers were under 4.25%.

The report also highlights that across all 30-year, fixed-rate purchase mortgage applications made on LendingTree’s website, 14.3% of borrowers were offered an interest rate of 4.125%, making it the most common interest rate.

When it came to 30-year fixed-rate refinance borrowers, 72.8% received offers under 4.25%, rising from 70.4% one week prior. Despite the decline, this rate is still up from 2018’s rate when 0% of refinance offers were under 4.25%.

This means with a wider refinance market index of 1.33, the typical refinance borrower could have saved $65,188 by shopping around for the lowest rate.

According to the report, across all 30-year, fixed-rate refinance applications, the most common interest rate was 3.875%. This rate was offered to 18.9% of borrowers.

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