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Credit Scores vs. Lending Rates

lendingBorrowers with the best credit saw their average annual percentage rate (APR) barely drop from May to June. The upper 95th percentile saw an average of 4.34 percent APR on conforming 30-year fixed purchase loans last month, which was down from 4.36 percent in May, according to the June Mortgage Offers Report from LendingTree [1].

“The loan note rate of 4.89 percent is the highest since March 2016 and was unchanged from May,” the report [2] stated. “We prefer to emphasize the APR as lenders often make changes to other fees in response to changing interest rates.”

Consumers with credit scores above 760 saw offered APRs of 4.86 percent in June. That compares to 5.14 percent APRs for consumers with scores between 680 and 720.

The APR spread of 27 basis points between these score ranges was down two basis points from May, and represents almost $14,000 in additional costs for borrowers with lower credit scores over 30 years for the average purchase loan amount of $231,606, LendingTree reported. The report attributed the extra costs to higher interest rates and/or fees.

For the average borrower, things went in the opposite direction from those in the upper tiers in June. Average borrowers saw purchase APRs for conforming 30-year fixed loans offered on LendingTree’s platform up eight basis points, to a flat 5 percent, according to the report.

On the refinancing front, June’s best offers were up one basis point to 4.37 percent for borrowers with the best credit score profiles.

Refi APRs for conforming 30-year fixed loans were up to a flat 5 percent for the average borrower, a climb of 11 basis points.

The credit score bracket spread narrowed to 20 basis points, which translates into nearly $11,000 in extra costs over the life of the loan (assuming an average refinance loan of $236,706) for borrowers with lower credit scores, the report found.

Average proposed purchase down payments was down about $1,000, to $59,205.