Mortgage rates are higher for all types of loans today after dropping last week. The rate on a 30-year fixed rate purchase loan is again above 3.6%. Interest rate on refinance loans also increased at all levels.
While rising rates are likely to be the norm going forward, rates are still historically low. Many borrowers who wish to either to buy a house Where refinance your mortgage can still get a low monthly payment.
- The last rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage is 3.647%.
- The last rate on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage is 2.685%.
- The latest rate on a Jumbo ARM 5/1 is 2.987%.
- The latest rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 4.453%.
- The latest rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 4.68%.
Today’s 30-year fixed mortgage rates
- The 30-year rate is 3.647%.
- It’s a day infold by 0.069 percentage point.
- It’s a month to augment by 0.264 percentage point.
The interest rate and monthly payment will not change on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. If you only pay the required monthly amount, the loan will be paid off in 360 months, unless you refinance the mortgage or sell the house.
The interest rate on a 30-year loan will be higher than the rate on a shorter-term loan, such as a 15-year loan. The monthly payment, on the other hand, will be lower because the mortgage is repaid over a longer period. However, you will pay more overall interest since you are paying a higher interest rate over a longer period of time.
A 30-year mortgage is the most popular type of loan due to the lower monthly payment.
Today’s 15-year fixed mortgage rates
- The 15-year rate is 2.685%.
- It’s a day infold by 0.048 percentage point.
- It’s a month infold by 0.193 percentage point.
As with a 30-year loan, the interest rate and monthly payment on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage will not change over its entire term. The loan will be repaid in 180 months, unless you pay more than the required monthly payment, refinance the loan, or sell the house.
Compared to the rate on a 30-year loan, the interest on a 15-year mortgage will be lower. However, your monthly payments will be higher because the loan is repaid in half the time. On the plus side, by paying a lower interest rate over a shorter period of time, you will pay less total interest.
A 15-year loan can be attractive to borrowers who can afford higher payments in exchange for savings on interest and faster debt repayment.
Today’s 5/1 Jumbo Variable Rate Mortgage Rates
- The ARM 5/1 rate is 2.987%.
- It’s a day infold by 0.043 percentage point.
- It’s a month infold by 0.087 percentage point.
The interest rate on a variable rate mortgage will be set for a predetermined number of years. Once this period has passed, the rate will change, usually once a year, depending on market conditions. Therefore, the monthly payment will initially be fixed, but will then evolve according to the evolution of the interest rate.
For example, a 5/1 adjustable rate loan will have a fixed rate for the first five years, then a variable rate thereafter. Other common ARM terms include a 7/1 and a 10/1. MRAs will have a full term of 30 years.
The starting rate on an ARM 5/1 will generally be the lowest of all mortgage offers. The low initial rate may be attractive to borrowers who do not intend to stay in the home for more than five years. However, those who stay in the home beyond the fixed rate period should be aware that the interest rate could rise at some point.
Current rates for VA, FHA and jumbo loans
The average rates for FHA, VA and jumbo loans are:
- The rate for a 30-year FHA mortgage is 3.455%.
- The rate for a 30-year VA mortgage is 3.535%.
- The rate for a 30-year jumbo mortgage is 3.813%.
Current mortgage refinancing rates
The average rates for 30-year, 15-year and 5/1 jumbo ARM loans are:
- The refinance rate on a 30 year fixed rate refinance is 3.931%.
- The refinance rate on a 15 year fixed rate refinance is 3.041%.
- The refinancing rate on a Jumbo ARM 5/1 is 3.574%.
- The refinancing rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 4.79%.
- The refinancing rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 5.012%.
Where Are Mortgage Rates Going This Year?
Mortgage rates fell through 2020. Millions of homeowners responded to low mortgage rates by refinancing existing loans and taking out new ones. Many people have bought homes that they might not have been able to afford if the rates were higher.
In January 2021, rates briefly fell to all-time low levels, but tended to rise throughout the month and into February.
Looking ahead, experts believe interest rates will rise further in 2021, but modestly. Factors that could influence the rates include how quickly COVID-19 vaccines are distributed and when lawmakers can agree on another cost-effective relief package. More vaccinations and government stimulus could lead to improved economic conditions, which would increase rates.
Although mortgage rates are likely to rise this year, experts say the increase will not happen overnight and it will not be a dramatic jump. Rates are expected to stay near their historically low levels throughout the first half of the year, rising slightly later in the year. Even with rates rising, this will still be a good time to finance a new home or refinance.
Factors that influence mortgage rates include:
- The Federal Reserve. The Fed took swift action when the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020. The Fed announced plans to move money through the economy by lowering the Federal Fund’s short-term interest rate between 0% and 0.25%, which is as low as they go. The central bank has also committed to buying mortgage-backed securities and treasury bills, thereby supporting the housing finance market. The Fed has reaffirmed its commitment to these policies for the foreseeable future on several occasions, most recently at a policy meeting in late January.
- The 10-year Treasury note. Mortgage rates move at the same pace as the yields on 10-year government treasury bills. Yields fell below 1% for the first time in March and have slowly risen since then. Currently, yields have hovered above 1% year-to-date, pushing interest rates up slightly. On average, there is typically a 1.8 point “spread” between Treasury yields and benchmark mortgage rates.
- The economy in the broad sense. Unemployment rates and changes in gross domestic product are important indicators of the overall health of the economy. When employment and GDP growth are low, it means the economy is weak, which can lower interest rates. Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment levels hit historic highs early last year and have yet to recover. GDP has also been affected, and although it has rebounded somewhat, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possible
There is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates takes a bit of work and will depend on both personal financial factors and market conditions.
Check your credit score and your credit report. Mistakes or other red flags that can lower your credit score. The borrowers with the highest credit scores will get the best rates, so it’s essential to check your credit report before you begin the home search process. Taking action to correct mistakes will help increase your score. If you have high credit card balances, paying them off can also give you a quick boost.
Save money for a large down payment. This will lower your loan-to-value ratio, which means how much of the home’s price the lender has to finance. A lower LTV usually results in a lower mortgage rate. Lenders also like to see money that has been saved in an account for at least 60 days. It tells the lender that you have the money to finance the purchase of the house.
Shop around for the best rate. Don’t settle for the first interest rate a lender offers you. Check with at least three different lenders to see who is offering the lowest interest rate. Also consider the different types of lenders, such as credit unions and online lenders, in addition to traditional banks.
Also take the time to learn about the different types of loans. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan such as a 15-year loan or an adjustable rate mortgage. These types of loans often have a lower rate than a conventional 30-year mortgage. Compare everyone’s costs to see which one best suits your needs and your financial situation. Government loans – such as those backed by the Federal Housing Authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture – may be more affordable options for those who qualify.
Finally, lock in your rate. Locking in your rate once you’ve found the right rate, the right loan product, and the lender will help ensure that your mortgage rate doesn’t increase until the loan closes.
Our mortgage rate methodology
Money’s Daily Mortgage Rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders in the United States for which the most recent rates are available. Today we’re posting the rates for Tuesday, March 30. Our rates reflect what a typical borrower with a credit score of 700 can expect to pay on a home loan right now. These rates were offered to people contributing 20% and include discount points.