The report indicated that for the average borrower, purchase APRs for conforming 30-year-fixed-rate loans was 5.09 percent, up 10 basis points from August. A 4.96 percent loan note rate was also found to be the highest of the year.
LendingTree said that September's best offers for borrowers with the best credit profiles had an average APR of 4.39 percent for conforming 30-year fixed purchase loans, up from 4.32 percent in August. Refinance loans were up five basis points to 4.40 percent during the month.
As mortgage rates rise, credit scores are going to play an increasingly important role for borrowers shopping for the best rates as indicated in the report, which found that consumers with the highest credit scores (760+) received APRs of 4.95 percent compared with 5.25 percent for consumers with credit scores between 680 and 719. "The APR spread of 30 bps between these score ranges increased one basis point from August," the report said.
Looking at the spread in absolute terms, for the average purchase loan amount of $231,175, it represents over $15,000 in additional costs for borrowers with lower credit scores over a 30-year period.
For the average borrower looking at a refinance loan, the APRs for conforming 30-year fixed loans were up 11 bps from August to 5.09 percent. The credit score bracket spread widened by one basis point, to 24 basis points. This means that for an average refinance loan of $239,623, a borrower with a low credit score would be paying $13,000 in additional costs over the life of the loan.
The monthly report contains data from actual loan terms offered to borrowers on Lending Tree's website and includes the average quoted APR by credit score along with the average down payment. The report also looks at varying mortgage rates depending upon credit scores, loan-to-value ratio, income and property type.