Several major mortgage rates have risen today. Average interest rates on fixed rate mortgages for 15 and 30 years have risen. The average rate of the most common type of floating rate mortgage, 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages, has also risen. Although mortgage rates are constantly changing, they are at historic lows. For those looking to lock in a flat rate, now is the perfect time to buy a home. But, 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.
Here are mortgage rates for different loan styles
30 year fixed rate mortgage
The average interest rate on a standard 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.18%, up 11 basis points from a week ago. (The base point is equivalent to 0.01%.) The most commonly used loan term is a fixed mortgage for 30 years. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage usually has a lower monthly payment than a 15-year, but usually 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 15-year fixed-term mortgage rate is 2.48%, up 13 basis points from a week ago. You will definitely have a larger 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. These typically include the ability to get a lower interest rate, pay off your mortgage faster, and pay less interest in the long run.
5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage
ARM 5/1 has an average of 3.20%, up 12 basis points from 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. However, since the rate changes based on the market rate, you may end up paying more after that time, as described in your loan terms. For borrowers who plan to sell or refinance their home prior to the rate change, an adjustable rate mortgage can be a good option. Otherwise, changes in the market mean that your interest rate could be significantly higher after adjusting it.
Dynamics of mortgage rates
We use information collected by Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track rate changes over time. This table shows the average rates offered by US lenders:
|Loan type||Interest rate||A week ago||Change|
|30 year flat rate||3.18%||3.07%||+0.11|
|15 year flat rate||2.48%||2.35%||+0.13|
|30 year giant mortgage rate||3.20%||3.20%||N / C|
|30 year mortgage refinancing rate||3.25%||3.12%||+0.13|
Updated on June 22, 2021.
How to find customized mortgage rates
When you’re ready to apply for a loan, you can contact your local mortgage broker or search online. Be sure to consider your current financial situation and your goals when looking for a mortgage. Specific mortgage interest rates will vary depending on factors including credit rating, down payment, debt-to-income ratio, and loan-to-value 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 discount points. You should compare shops with multiple lenders – for example, credit unions and online lenders, as well as local and national banks – to get the mortgage that’s right for you.
What is the best loan term?
One of the important factors to consider when choosing a mortgage is 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 classified into fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages. For mortgage loans with a fixed interest rate, interest rates are fixed for the entire life of the loan. Unlike a fixed rate mortgage, interest rates on an adjustable rate mortgage are only the same for a certain period of time (usually five, seven, or 10 years). Thereafter, the rate fluctuates annually depending on the market rate.
When choosing a fixed or adjustable rate mortgage, you should consider how long you plan to live in your home. For those planning to stay in a new home for a long time, 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 practice shows, there is no better loan term; it all depends on your goals and your current financial situation. Be sure to research and know your own priorities when choosing a mortgage.