Mortgage rates have remained relatively unchanged today. While the average 15-year fixed rate mortgage rates rose slightly, neither the 30-year fixed rate nor the 5/1 adjustable rate stood a chance. Although mortgage rates always fluctuate, they are currently at historic lows. Because of this, now may be a good time to secure a low flat rate. As always, remember to take your personal goals and circumstances into account first before buying a home and find the lender who is best able to meet your needs.
Find out current mortgage rates for today
30 year fixed rate mortgage
The average interest rate on a standard 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.05%, which is unchanged from last week. (The base point is equivalent to 0.01%.) Fixed rate mortgage loans for 30 years are the most common loan term. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage usually has a lower monthly payment than a 15-year, but often has a higher interest rate. You won’t be able to pay off your home that quickly, and you will pay more interest over time, but a fixed mortgage for 30 years is a good option if you want to minimize your monthly payment.
Mortgage with a fixed interest rate for 15 years
The average rate on a fixed mortgage for 15 years is 2.35%, up 4 basis points from seven days ago. Compared to a 30 year fixed mortgage, a 15 year fixed mortgage with the same loan amount and interest rate will have a higher monthly payment. But a 15 year loan will usually be a better deal if you can afford the monthly payments. You usually get a lower interest rate and you will pay less interest overall because you pay off your mortgage much faster.
5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage
The 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage has an average rate of 3.07%, which is the same rate since the same time last week. You usually get a lower interest rate (compared to a 30 year fixed mortgage) with an ARM 5/1 for the first five years of the mortgage. But after this time, you can pay more, depending on the terms of your loan and how the rate changes with the market. For borrowers who plan to sell or refinance their home prior to the rate change, ARM may be a good option. Otherwise, changes in the market can significantly increase your interest rate.
Dynamics of mortgage rates
We use data collected by the Bankrate service, owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track changes in these daily rates. This table shows the average rates offered by lenders by country:
Current average mortgage interest rates
|Loan type||Interest rate||A week ago||Change|
|30 year flat rate||3.05%||3.05%||N / C|
|15 year flat rate||2.35%||2.31%||+0.04|
|30 year giant mortgage rate||2.80%||2.80%||N / C|
|30 year mortgage refinancing rate||3.03%||3.02%||+0.01|
Updated August 24, 2021
How to find customized mortgage rates
For a personalized mortgage rate, talk to your local mortgage broker or use an online mortgage service. Be sure to consider your current financial situation and your goals when looking for a mortgage. The following factors affect the rate you can get on a mortgage: your credit rating, down payment, loan-to-value ratio, and debt-to-income ratio. A higher credit rating, higher down payment, lower DTI, lower LTV, or any combination of these factors can help you get a lower interest rate. The interest rate is not the only factor that affects the value of your home – be sure to also consider additional factors such as fees, closing costs, taxes, and discounts. You should talk to several different lenders such as local and national banks, credit unions and online lenders, and a comparison store to find the best mortgage for you.
How does the loan term affect my mortgage?
When choosing a mortgage, it is important to consider the loan term or payment schedule. The most common loan terms are 15 and 30 years, although mortgages also exist for 10, 20 and 40 years. Another important difference is between fixed and adjustable rate mortgages. The interest rates on fixed rate mortgages are the same throughout the life of the loan. Unlike a fixed rate mortgage, interest rates on an adjustable rate mortgage are set only for a specific period of time (most often five, seven, or 10 years). Thereafter, the rate fluctuates annually depending on the market rate.
One of the important factors to consider when choosing a fixed or adjustable rate mortgage is the length of time you plan to stay in your home. For people planning a long-term stay in a new home, a fixed rate mortgage may be the best option. While adjustable rate mortgages can sometimes offer lower interest rates up front, fixed rate mortgages are more stable over time. However, if you don’t plan on keeping your new home for more than three to ten years, an adjustable rate mortgage can give you a better deal. As a rule, there is no better loan term; it all depends on your goals and your current financial situation. When choosing a mortgage, it is important to do your research and know your own priorities.