Mortgage rates changed from last week and month – some rates are slightly lower while others are slightly higher. Overall, this is a good day to lock in a low rate.
If you are ready to buy or refinance you will probably need fixed rate mortgage, not adjustable rate mortgage… ARM rates are starting higher than flat rates right now, and you run the risk of growing even more in a few years. As long as there is an opportunity, it is safer to fix a record low rate.
The mortgage rate is the percentage you pay on money borrowed from a lender to buy or refinance your home. Basically, this is the commission you pay for the loan, expressed as a percentage. For example, you can take out a $ 200,000 mortgage loan plus an interest rate of 2.75%.
There are two types of mortgage rates: fixed and adjustable…
BUT fixed rate mortgage fixes your rate for the entire term of the mortgage. Even if the rates in the US market increase or decrease, your rate will remain the same. This is especially important now as rates are at historic lows.
An adjustable rate mortgage keeps your rate constant for a predetermined period of time and then changes it periodically. 10/1 ARM fixes your rate for the first 10 years, then the rate fluctuates once a year. This is a riskier approach these days because ARM rates start out higher than flat rates and you risk your rate going up later.
Mortgage rates are determined combination of factors – some you can control and some you cannot.
The main external factor is economy… Interest rates are usually higher when the US economy is doing well and lower when it is in trouble. The two main economic factors affecting mortgage rates are employment and inflation… When jobs and inflation rise, mortgage rates tend to rise.
Finally, your mortgage rate depends on what type of mortgage you get. Government-backed mortgages (for example, FHA, VA, as well as USDA loans) charge the lowest rates, while giant mortgage charge the highest rates. You will also get a lower rate with a shorter term mortgage.
Each type of mortgage is different minimum credit rating requirement… This is how it usually fails:
However, these are just general rules of thumb. Every lender has the right to claim a higher or lower credit rating. (Although the FHA minimums listed here are the minimum that the lender will accept.)
If your credit rating is higher than the minimum required by the lender, you can get the best mortgage interest rate.
Mortgage rates for the last week and month
Dynamics of mortgage rates
Refinancing rates dynamics
Mortgage and refinancing rates by state
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Laura Grace Tarpley is editor of Personal Finance Insider covering mortgages, refinancing and lending. She is also a Certified Personal Finance Faculty (CEPF). During her five years in personal finance, she has written extensively about ways to handle loans.
Ryan Wangman is a Research Fellow at Personal Finance Insider who writes on mortgages, refinancing, bank accounts, bank reviews, and loans. In his past writing experience on personal finance, he has written about credit ratings, financial literacy, and home ownership.