Rates on a number of important mortgage loans have dropped today. While 15-year fixed rates on mortgages rose, interest rates on 30-year fixed rates fell. For variable rates, the 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage fell lower. Although mortgage rates are dynamic, they are now quite low. Because of this, now is a good time for potential home buyers to get a flat rate. But, as always, remember to first take into account your personal goals and circumstances before buying a home and compare offers to find the lender who can best suit your needs.
Take a look at mortgage rates for different loan styles
30 year fixed rate mortgage
For a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, the average rate you’ll pay is 3.13%, down 4 basis points from a week ago. (The base point is equivalent to 0.01%.) A thirty-year fixed mortgage is the most commonly used 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. Although you will pay more interest over time – you pay off the loan over a longer period – if you are looking for a lower monthly payment, a 30-year fixed mortgage may be a good option.
Mortgage with a fixed interest rate for 15 years
The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage is 2.44%, up 1 basis point from the same period last week. You will definitely have a higher monthly payment with a 15 year fixed mortgage compared to a 30 year fixed mortgage, even if the interest rate and loan amount are the same. 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
The average rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage is 3.14%, which is 5 basis points lower than last week. For the first five years, you usually get a lower interest rate with a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage compared to a 30 year fixed mortgage. But after this time, you can pay more, depending on the terms of your loan and how the rate changes with the market. If you are planning to sell or refinance your home prior to the rate change, an adjustable rate mortgage might make sense for you. But if this is not the case, you could be on the hook for a much higher interest rate if market rates change.
Dynamics of mortgage rates
We use rates collected by Bankrate, owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track daily mortgage rate trends. This table shows the average rates offered by lenders across the country:
|30 year fixed||3.13%||3.17%||-0.04|
|15 year fixed||2.44%||2.43%||+0.01|
|30 year giant mortgage rate||3.33%||3.20%||+0.13|
|30 year mortgage refinancing rate||3.21%||3.23%||-0.02|
Tariffs as of June 28, 2021.
How to find the best mortgage rates
When you’re ready to apply for a loan, you can contact your local mortgage broker or search online. When choosing home mortgage rates, consider your goals and current finances. A number of factors, including your down payment, credit rating, loan-to-value ratio, and debt-to-income ratio, will affect your mortgage interest rate. Typically, you need a good credit rating, a larger down payment, a lower DTI, and a lower LTV in order to get a lower interest rate. In addition to the mortgage rate, factors such as closing costs, fees, discount points, and taxes can also affect the value of your home. You should shop with several lenders, including credit unions and online lenders, in addition to local and national banks, to get the mortgage that works best 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 commonly offered mortgages are 15 and 30 years, although you can also find mortgages for 10, 20 and 40 years. Mortgages are classified into fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages. Interest rates on fixed rate mortgages are set for the duration of the loan. For adjustable rate mortgages, interest rates are set for a specific number of years (usually five, seven or 10 years), then the rate fluctuates annually depending on the current interest rate in the market.
One important factor to consider when choosing a fixed or adjustable rate mortgage is how long you plan to stay in your home. A fixed rate mortgage may be better for those who plan to live in a home for a long time. A fixed rate mortgage provides more stability over time compared to an adjustable rate mortgage, but an adjustable rate mortgage may offer lower interest rates up front. 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. The best loan term – it all depends on your situation and goals, so be sure to take into account what is important to you when choosing a mortgage.