Several closely watched mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both dropped. Meanwhile, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also tapered off.
Rates for mortgages are in a constant state of flux, but they remain much lower overall than they were before the Great Recession. If you're in the market for a mortgage, it may be a great time to lock in a rate. Just make sure you've looked around for the best rate first.
30-year fixed mortgages
The average rate for the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.83 percent, down 10 basis points since the same time last week. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was lower, at 3.80 percent.
At the current average rate, you'll pay principal and interest of $467.67 for every $100,000 you borrow. That's a decline of $5.72 from last week.
You can use Bankrate's mortgage calculator to figure out your monthly payments and see the effect of adding extra payments. It will also help you calculate how much interest you'll pay over the life of the loan.
15-year fixed mortgages
The average 15-year fixed-mortgage rate is 3.05 percent, down 12 basis points over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed mortgage at that rate will cost around $693 per $100,000 borrowed. Yes, that payment is much bigger than it would be on a 30-year mortgage, but it comes with some big advantages: You'll come out several thousand dollars ahead over the life of the loan in total interest paid and build equity much faster.
The average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 3.17 percent, falling 6 basis points since the same time last week.
These types of loans are best for those who expect to sell or refinance before the first or second adjustment. Rates could be substantially higher when the loan first adjusts, and thereafter.
Monthly payments on a 5/1 ARM at 3.17 percent would cost about $431 for each $100,000 borrowed over the initial five years, but could increase by hundreds of dollars afterward, depending on the loan's terms.
Where rates are headed
To see where Bankrate's panel of experts expect rates to go from here, check out our Rate Trend Index.
Want to see where rates are right now? See local mortgage rates.
|30-year fixed jumbo||4.10%||0.10||4.20%|
|30-year fixed refinance||3.82%||0.09||3.91%|
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