Several major mortgage rates fell today. Average rates for 15-year and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have declined, while average rates for 5/1 variable-rate mortgages have also declined. Although mortgage rates are constantly fluctuating, they are currently lower than they have been in recent years. If you are looking to get a low fixed rate, this might be a good time to buy a home. As always, check out your personal financial needs and goals before buying a home, and always compare lenders to find the right mortgage for you.
Compare national mortgage rates from various lenders
30-year fixed rate mortgages
The 30-year average fixed mortgage interest rate is 2.98%, down 5 basis points from a week ago. (One basis point equals 0.01%.) Thirty-year fixed rate mortgages are the most commonly used loan term. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage will generally have a higher interest rate than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage, but also a lower monthly payment. While you will pay more interest over time – you pay off your loan over a longer period – if you’re looking for a lower monthly payment, a 30-year fixed mortgage may be a good option.
15-year fixed rate mortgages
The average rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.33%, down 4 basis points from a week ago. Compared to a 30-year fixed mortgage, a 15-year fixed mortgage with the same loan value and the same interest rate will have a higher monthly payment. However, as long as you can afford the monthly payments, a 15-year loan has several advantages. This usually comes down to being able to get a lower interest rate, paying off your mortgage sooner, and paying less total interest over the long term.
5/1 adjustable rate mortgages
A 5/1 variable rate mortgage has an average rate of 2.98%, down 5 basis points from last week. You will typically get a lower interest rate (compared to a 30-year fixed mortgage) with an ARM 5/1 during the first five years of the mortgage. However, changes in the market may cause your interest rate to increase after this period, as stated in your loan terms. If you plan to sell or refinance your home before rates change, an ARM might be right for you. But if it doesn’t, you might be forced to pay a much higher interest rate if market rates change.
Mortgage rate trends
We use information collected by Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track changes in these daily rates. This table summarizes the average rates offered by lenders in the United States:
Mortgage interest rates today
|term of the loan||Daily rate||Last week||Switch|
|30 year mortgage rate||2.98%||3.03%||-0.05|
|15-year fixed rate||2.33%||2.37%||-0.04|
|Giant 30-year mortgage rate||2.81%||2.82%||-0.01|
|30-year mortgage refinancing rate||2.99%||3.11%||-0.12|
Prices exact as of July 20, 2021.
How to shop for the best mortgage rate
You can get a personalized mortgage rate by connecting with your local mortgage broker or by using an online calculator. In order to find the best mortgage loan, you will need to consider your goals and your overall financial situation. Specific mortgage interest rates will vary based on factors such as credit rating, down payment, debt-to-income ratio, and loan-to-value ratio. Typically, you want a higher credit score, larger down payment, lower DTI, and lower LTV to get a lower interest rate.
The interest rate is not the only factor that affects the cost of your home. Also, be sure to consider other factors such as fees, closing costs, taxes, and points of call. Be sure to shop around with multiple lenders – including credit unions and online lenders in addition to local and state banks – to get the mortgage that’s right for you.
What is the best loan term?
When choosing a mortgage, remember to consider the length of the loan or the payment schedule. The most common loan terms are 15 and 30 years, although there are also 10, 20 and 40 year mortgages. Another important distinction is between fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages. For fixed rate mortgages, interest rates are stable throughout the life of the loan. For variable rate mortgages, interest rates are stable for a number of years (typically five, seven, or 10 years) and then the rate changes each year based on the market rate.
When choosing between a fixed rate mortgage and an adjustable rate mortgage, you need to consider how long you plan to live in your home. Fixed rate mortgages might be better suited for people who plan to live in a house for a period of time. While variable rate mortgages can sometimes offer lower interest rates initially, fixed rate mortgages are more stable over time. However, you may get a better deal with an adjustable rate mortgage if you only intend to keep your home for a few years. The best loan term depends entirely on your personal circumstances and goals, so be sure to consider what’s important to you when choosing a mortgage.