Today’s Mortgage and Refinance Rates: May 19, 2022


According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s May projection, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate would conclude 2022 at 5% and then begin to decline over the next several years, concluding 2024 at 4.4 percent. But, given the current state of the market, it’s impossible to predict where rates will go.

Low inventory will continue to force prices up, according to Ralph DiBugnara, president of Home Qualified and senior vice president of Cardinal Financial. “There’s such a shortage that even if 50% of the people stop looking today, you would still have a high demand,” he says. “So I just think that because of that demand, you’re going to see prices rise for at least another 18 to 24 months.” 

Mortgage rates today

Mortgage typeAverage rate today
30-year fixed5.05%
20-year fixed4.69%
15-year fixed4.18%
7/1 ARM4.95%
5/1 ARM4.50 %
30-year FHA4.15%
30-year VA4.46 %
This information has been provided by Zillow. See more mortgage rates on Zillow

The current average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell 1 basis point from 5.06% to 5.05% on Thursday, Zillow announced. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on May 19, 2022, is down 1 basis point from the previous week’s average rate of 5.06%. Additionally, the current national average 15-year fixed mortgage rate decreased 2 basis points from 4.20% to 4.18%. The current national average 5-year ARM rate is down 11 basis points from 4.61% to 4.50%.

Refinance rates today

Mortgage typeAverage rate today
30-year fixed4.98%
20-year fixed4.75%
10-year fixed4.18 %
7/1 ARM4.76 %
5/1 ARM4.49 %
30-year FHA4.12%
30-year VA4.39%
This information has been provided by Zillow. See more mortgage rates on Zillow

You can choose between two types of mortgages to determine how much interest you’ll pay and if your rate will change later: a fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate mortgage. With a fixed-rate mortgage, your interest rate remains the same for the entire life of the loan. If you have a 30-year mortgage, you’ll pay the same rate today as you will 30 years from now. With an adjustable-rate mortgage, commonly referred to as an ARM, rates and monthly payments remain the same for a set period of time, then change periodically. For example, a 5/1 ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage) would have a fixed rate for the first five years of the loan, then change every year after that.

Chris has been in the marketing industry for well over a decade. Chris loves writing about anything related to saving money. A passion for teaching people through writing has given him a unique opportunity to use his skills in the marketing industry. In his spare time he likes spending time with his family. training his new puppy, and taking long road trips to places like Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta.
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