A variety of major mortgage rates have dropped today. Average interest rates on 15-year and 30-year fixed mortgages have fallen. The average rate for the most common type of variable rate mortgage, the 5/1 variable rate mortgage, has also declined. Mortgage interest rates are never set in stone, but interest rates are at their lowest in years. If you are thinking of financing a home, maybe now is the time to get a fixed rate. But as always, be sure to consider your personal goals and circumstances first before buying a home, and shop around to find a lender who can best meet your needs.
30-year fixed rate mortgages
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate average is 3.14%, down 5 basis points from seven days ago. (One basis point equals 0.01%.) Thirty-year fixed rate mortgages are the most common loan term. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage will often have a higher interest rate than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage, but also a lower monthly payment. You won’t be able to pay off your home that quickly, and you’ll pay more interest over time, but a 30-year fixed mortgage is a good option if you’re looking to keep your monthly payment down.
15-year fixed rate mortgages
The average rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.44%, which is 2 basis points down from seven days 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. But a 15 year loan will usually be the best deal, if you are able to afford the monthly payments. You will usually get a lower interest rate and pay less interest overall because you pay off your mortgage much faster.
5/1 adjustable rate mortgages
A 5/1 ARM has an average rate of 3.13%, a decrease of 5 basis points from the same period last week. With an ARM mortgage, you will typically get a lower interest rate than a 30-year fixed mortgage for the first five years. However, market fluctuations 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 adjustable rate mortgage may be right for you. Otherwise, changes in the market could dramatically increase your interest rate.
Mortgage rate trends
We use data collected by Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track daily mortgage rate trends. This table summarizes the average rates offered by lenders in the United States:
Average mortgage interest rates
|30 years fixed||3.14%||3.19%||-0.05|
|15 years fixed||2.44%||2.46%||-0.02|
|Giant 30-year mortgage rate||2.76%||2.80%||-0.04|
|30-year mortgage refinancing rate||3.13%||3.16%||-0.03|
Prices as of November 26, 2021.
How to shop for the best mortgage rate
When you’re ready to apply for a loan, you can contact a local mortgage broker or search online. In order to find the best home loan, you will need to consider your goals and your overall financial situation. Things that affect the mortgage rate you might get include: your credit rating, down payment, loan-to-value ratio, and debt-to-income ratio. Typically, you want a good credit score, higher down payment, lower DTI, and lower LTV to get a lower interest rate. Besides the mortgage rate, other factors including closing costs, fees, points of call, and taxes can also affect the cost of your home. Be sure to shop around with multiple lenders – such as credit unions and online lenders in addition to local and state banks – to get a loan that’s best for you.
What is a good loan term?
When choosing a mortgage, it’s important to consider the length of the loan or the repayment schedule. The most common mortgages are for 15 years 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. Unlike a fixed rate mortgage, the interest rates on a variable rate mortgage are only fixed for a certain period of time (usually five, seven, or 10 years). After that, the rate adjusts annually based on the market rate.
One factor to consider when deciding between a fixed rate mortgage and an adjustable rate mortgage is how long you plan to stay in your home. Fixed rate mortgages might be better suited if you plan to live in a house for a while. While variable rate mortgages may offer lower interest rates initially, fixed rate mortgages are more stable over time. However, you can get a better deal with an adjustable rate mortgage if you plan to only keep your home for a few years. Generally, there is no better loan term; it all depends on your goals and your current financial situation. It’s important to do your research and know what’s most important to you when choosing a mortgage.