Rates on some major mortgage loans have dropped today. Both 15-year and 30-year fixed mortgage rates have tended to decline. For floating rates, 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages have also declined. Although mortgage rates fluctuate, they are at historic lows. For those looking to get a flat rate, now is a great time to finance a home. But, as always, remember to take your personal goals and circumstances into account first before buying a home, and talk to several lenders to find the lender who can best suit your needs.
Find out current mortgage rates for today
30 year fixed rate mortgage
For a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, the average rate you’ll pay is 3.09%, which is 1 basis point less than a week ago. (The base point is equivalent to 0.01%.) The most common loan term is a fixed mortgage for 30 years. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage will usually have a higher interest rate than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage, but will also have a lower monthly payment. 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 2.36%, which is 1 basis point less than last week. Compared to a fixed mortgage for 30 years, a fixed mortgage for 15 years with the same loan amount and interest rate will have a higher monthly payment. However, as long as you can afford the monthly payments, there are several advantages to a 15 year loan. 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
ARM 5/1 has an average of 3.10%, down 2 basis points from seven days ago. For the first five years, you usually get a lower interest rate with 5/1 ARM compared to a 30 year fixed mortgage. But you may end up paying more after that time, depending on the terms of your loan and how the rate adjusts to the market rate. For this reason, an adjustable rate mortgage can be a good option if you plan to sell or refinance your home prior to the rate change. But if this is not the case, you could be on the hook for a significantly higher interest rate if market rates change.
Dynamics of mortgage rates
We use information collected by Bankrate, owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track daily trends in mortgage rates. This table shows the average rates offered by lenders across the country:
Today’s mortgage interest rates
|Credit term||Today’s rate||Last week||Change|
|30 year mortgage rate||3.09%||3.10%||-0.01|
|15 year flat rate||2.36%||2.37%||-0.01|
|30 year giant mortgage rate||3.24%||3.16%||+0.08|
|30 year mortgage refinancing rate||3.15%||3.16%||-0.01|
Rates are as of June 11, 2021.
How to find customized mortgage rates
You can get a customized mortgage rate by contacting your local mortgage broker or using an online calculator. Be sure to consider your current finances and your goals when looking for a mortgage. The following factors affect the rate of interest that 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. In addition to the mortgage rate, other costs can also affect the value of your home, including closing costs, fees, discount points, and taxes. You should shop with several lenders such as credit unions and online lenders, in addition to local and national banks, to get the mortgage that works best for you.
What is a good loan term?
When choosing a mortgage, you should 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. Mortgages are categorized into fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages. For mortgage loans with a fixed rate, interest rates are set for the entire duration of the loan. For adjustable rate mortgages, interest rates are stable for a certain number of years (usually five, seven, or 10 years), then the rate changes annually depending on the current interest rate in the market.
One important factor to consider when choosing a fixed or adjustable rate mortgage is the length of time you plan to stay in your home. For people who are planning to stay in a new home for a long time, a fixed rate mortgage may be the best option. While adjustable rate mortgages may have lower initial interest rates, fixed rate mortgages are more stable over the long term. However, you can get a better deal with an adjustable rate mortgage if you only intend to keep your home for a couple of years. As practice shows, 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 understand your own priorities.