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Mortgage rates went in a mixture of directions today. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage remained steady, however 15-year fixed-rate mortgages saw average rates fall. At the same time, average rates for 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages dwindled.
Mortgage interest rates are in a constant state of transition. But the good news is, they are currently historically low. If you’re looking for a mortgage, now might be an excellent time to secure a fixed rate. But don’t forget to take the time to compare rates from various lenders first.
30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages
For a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, the average rate you’ll pay is 3.06%, which is unchanged from the previous week .
You can use NextAdvisor’s home loan calculator to work out what your monthly payments would be and play around with extra mortgage payments to wrap your head around how much you could save. The mortgage calculator can also show you all of the interest you’ll owe over the life of the loan.
15-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages
The median rate for a 15-year, fixed mortgage is 2.62%, which is a decrease of 1 basis point from the same time last week.
A 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage’s monthly payment will be much bigger. So finding room in your budget for a 30-year loan’s monthly payment would be more simple. However, 15-year loans have some considerable benefits: You’ll save thousands of dollars in interest and pay off your loan much faster.
5/1 Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
A 5/1 ARM has an average rate of 3.03%, a slide of 1 basis point from the same time last week.
An adjustable-rate mortgage is ideal for borrowers who will refinance or sell before the rate changes. If that’s not the case, their interest rates could end up being noticeably higher after a rate adjusts.
For the first five years, a 5/1 ARM will typically have a lower interest rate compared to a 30-year fixed mortgage. Keep in mind, your rate could climb higher and your payment might grow by hundreds of dollars a month.
Where Rates Are Moving
To see where mortgage rates are going we rely on information collected by Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as NextAdvisor. This table has current average rates based on information provide to Bankrate by lenders nationwide:
|Loan type||Interest rate||A week ago||Change|
|30-year fixed rate||3.06%||3.06%||N/C|
|15-year fixed rate||2.62%||2.63%||-0.01|
|30-year jumbo mortgage rate||3.01%||3.04%||-0.03|
|30-year mortgage refinance rate||3.07%||3.12%||-0.05|
Updated on November 8, 2020.
When Should I Lock my Rate?
When you lock a rate it freezes the interest rate for a set amount of time. It’s not unheard of for lenders to offer rate locks for a fee, which could be included in the price of the loan. In general, the longer the interest rate lock period, the more pricey it will be. You may even run into a lender that will lock a rate for a shorter period of time so it can minimize the risk of a big jump in rates.
If mortgage rates rise, the rate lock kicks in to protect you. You may even come across what is known as a floating-rate lock. This enables you to take advantage of lower rates if they drop before closing. If interest rates are declining, a floating-rate lock could be a great option to consider. Mortgage rates can be extremely unpredictable, so no one knows how they will change from day-to-day. That’s why it’s usually the right move to lock in a low rate, rather than betting on mortgage rates taking a tumble.
Don’t forget that during the pandemic, mortgage professionals have been extremely busy and it’s taking longer to close on a home. In some cases, it can take up to 60 days to close a mortgage loan — and you should also expect a refinance to take longer than normal.
Why do Mortgage Rates Fluctuate?
A number of factors can influence mortgage rates, including everything from inflation to unemployment. In general, inflation leads to higher interest rates and vice versa. The dollar loses value with increased inflation, and this causes mortgage-backed securities to become less enticing for investors, which leads to falling prices and higher yields. And if yields increase, interest rates become more expensive for borrowers.
A strong economy has historically increased demand for homes. When more homes are sold, the demand for mortgages also increases, which can cause rates to go up. But the flip side is also true: A drop in demand for mortgages could signal a coming downturn in mortgage rates. demand for mortgages, that can cause a decline in mortgage rates. high after a rate adjusts.
Where Are Mortgage Rates Going?
In recent months, we’ve seen mortgage interest rates linger near all-time lows. But it’s difficult to determine where they will go from here. Where rates go is largely dependent on what happens with the economy. In addition, how well the coronavirus pandemic is contained will also play a role. A vaccine could help boost the economy and lead to an increase in mortgage rates. However, if the economic recovery continues to be slow and the pandemic drags on, it’s likely we’ll see low rates for the foreseeable future.
Current Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates haven’t been as stable as usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it has done to the economy. But in general, rates have been depressed. In fact, mortgage rates set a record low, dipping under 3% for the first time. The problem for some people is you need excellent credit to qualify for these exceptionally-low rates. Not only that, but mortgage lenders are becoming more risk averse and requiring more sizable down payments while also closely scrutinizing borrowers’ employment.
Mortgage Rates’ Impact on Borrowers
The rock-bottom mortgage rates we’ve seen have distinct advantages and disadvantages for homebuyers. For starters, buyers have the ability to borrow larger amounts now than when rates were higher. For example, a 30-year, $350,000 loan with a 4% interest rate would have a monthly mortgage and interest payment of $1,670. A payment on the exact same loan would drop to $1,475 if the mortgage rate was reduced to 3%.
What we’ve seen happen in today’s market is a rise in home prices, which has been driven, at least in part, by the extraordinarily low mortgage rates.
Let’s say you were going to purchase a home for $350,000 with a 4% mortgage rate. A 20% down payment would cost you $70,000, and with a 30-year loan term the monthly payment would be $1,336.
If the price jumps to $380,000 with a reduced rate of 3% the numbers change a bit. A monthly mortgage and interest payment on a 30-year loan climbs to $1,451. But, your down payment would cost you $6,000 more if you wanted to keep the same 20% down.
Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?
Whether or not you buy a home is a highly personal choice. Your financial situation will play a big role in your decision. Before you buy a home, you’ll want to have a secure source of income, enough saved for closing costs, and a high credit score.
However, the pandemic has led to an even greater shortage of homes. That’s caused a bidding war and rising prices. Those trends mean it can be a frustrating market for buyers.
How We Got These Rates
The rates we have included are averages provided by Bankrate.com Site Averages and are calculated after the close of the previous business day. The lenders that the “Bankrate.com Site Average” tables include are not the same every day.
National lenders provide this mortgage rate information to Bankrate.com. It is possible the mortgage rates we reference has changed since this was published.