Today’s 30-year mortgage rates

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Today's national 30-year mortgage rate trends

For today, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the current average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 6.59%, up 26 basis points since the same time last week. If you're looking to refinance your current loan, the national average 30-year refinance rate is 6.61%, rising 29 basis points since the same time last week.

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Current 30-year mortgage rates

Lenders nationwide provide weekday mortgage rates to our comprehensive national survey to bring you the most current rates available. Here you can see the latest marketplace average rates for a variety of purchase loans. The interest rate table below is updated daily to give you the most current purchase rates when choosing a home loan. APRs and rates are based on no existing relationship or automatic payments. For these averages, the customer profile includes a 740 FICO score and a single-family residence. To learn more, see understanding Bankrate rate averages.

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 6.720% 6.740%
30-Year Fixed-Rate VA 6.350% 6.480%
30-Year Fixed-Rate FHA 6.210% 7.070%
30-Year Fixed-Rate Jumbo 6.730% 6.750%

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30-year fixed rate above 6 percent — a first since 2008

The benchmark fixed rate on 30-year mortgages topped 6 percent in September, its highest level since November 2008, according to Bankrate’s national survey of large lenders.

“Mortgage rates are moving above 6 percent as the Fed’s message of ‘higher rates for longer’ is sinking in,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.

After rapidly rising in the early months of 2022, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate started to waver in June, approaching 6 percent, then settling into the 5s. Federal Reserve policy doesn’t directly impact rates on fixed mortgages, but for a time, the central bank’s moves reduced 10-year Treasury yields, which do drive fixed mortgage movement.

The Fed’s actions affect adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and home equity products, however. Each time the central bank raises its key rate, variable home loan rates move in tandem.

Whatever type of mortgage you’re looking for, in this environment, it’s more important than ever to compare rates before selecting a lender.

“Conducting an online search can save thousands of dollars by finding lenders offering a lower rate and more competitive fees,” says McBride.

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How to compare 30-year fixed mortgage rates

If you compare loan offers from mortgage lenders, you’ll have a better chance of securing a competitive rate. Here’s how to compare:

  1. Get preapprovals from at least three mortgage lenders, ideally on the same day so you have an accurate basis for comparison. Lenders determine your interest rate based on your credit score, debt-to-income (DTI) ratio and other factors.
  2. When reviewing rate quotes, compare the annual percentage rate (APR), which generally reflects all the expenses you’ll incur for the loan, such as the origination fee and any points.
  3. Aside from APR, consider each lender’s fees — some don’t charge an origination fee, for example — and other factors beyond the numbers, such as convenience or responsiveness.

Why compare 30-year mortgage rates?

It’s important to shop around when you’re looking for a mortgage to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Bankrate’s mortgage amortization calculator shows how even a 0.1 percent difference on your rate can translate to thousands of dollars you could have to pay out over the life of the loan.

Bankrate can help you connect with below-average rate offers to help you save even more.

When to consider a 30-year fixed mortgage

A 30-year fixed mortgage is best for those looking for predictable, relatively low monthly payments. You’ll wind up paying more in interest over the life of a 30-year mortgage than a 15- or 20-year one, but because of the longer repayment timeline, your monthly costs will be lower, so the more expensive loan may ultimately be easier on your budget.

Pros and cons of a 30-year mortgage

Choosing the right home loan is an important step in the home-buying process, and you have options based on your credit score, income, down payment amount, budget and financial goals. Here are the main pros and cons of a 30-year fixed mortgage:

Pros

  • Lower monthly payment: Repaying a mortgage over 30 years means you’ll have lower, more affordable payments spread out over time compared to shorter-term loans like 15-year mortgages.
  • Stability: Having a consistent principal and interest payment helps you better map out your housing expenses for the long term. (Your overall monthly housing expenses can change, however, if your homeowners insurance and property taxes go up or down.) Of course, this is only true if your mortgage has a fixed rate. An adjustable-rate mortgage won’t give you this same benefit for the whole life of the loan.
  • Buy more house: With lower payments, you might be able to qualify for a larger loan amount and may be able to afford a more expensive home.
  • More wiggle room: Lower monthly payments can provide more cushion in your budget for other goals, like saving for emergencies, retirement, college tuition or home repairs and maintenance.

Cons

  • More total interest paid: Stretching out repayment over 30 years means you’ll wind up paying more in interest overall than you would with a shorter-term loan.
  • Higher mortgage rates: Lenders usually charge higher interest rates for 30-year loans because they’re taking on the risk of not being repaid for a longer amount of time.
  • Becoming house poor: Just because you might be able to afford more house with a 30-year loan doesn’t mean you should overstretch your budget. Give yourself some breathing room for other financial goals and unexpected expenses.
  • Slower equity growth: It will take longer to build equity in your home because most of your initial mortgage payments will go towards interest rather than paying down your principal amount.

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Written by: Zach Wichter, mortgage reporter for Bankrate

Zach Wichter is a mortgage reporter at Bankrate. He previously worked on the Business desk at The New York Times where he won a Loeb Award for breaking news, and covered aviation for The Points Guy.

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Reviewed by: Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate

Greg McBride, CFA, is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for Bankrate.com. He leads a team responsible for researching financial products, providing analysis, and advice on personal finance to a vast consumer audience.

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Loan Type Purchase Rates Refinance Rates
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20-Year Loan 20-Year Mortgage Rates 20-Year Refinance Rates
15-Year Loan 15-Year Mortgage Rates 15-Year Refinance Rates
10-Year Loan 10-Year Mortgage Rates 10-Year Refinance Rates
FHA Loan FHA Mortgage Rates FHA Refinance Rates
30-Year FHA Loan 30-Year FHA Loan Rates 30-Year FHA Refinance Rates
VA Loan VA Mortgage Rates VA Refinance Rates
ARM Loan ARM Mortgage Rates ARM Refinance Rates
5/1 ARM 5/1 ARM Rates 5/1 Refinance Rates
7/1 ARM 7/1 ARM Rates 7/1 Refinance Rates
10/1 ARM 10/1 ARM Rates 10/1 Refinance Rates
Jumbo Loan Jumbo Mortgage Rates Jumbo Refinance Rates
30-Year Jumbo Loan 30-Year Jumbo Loan Rates 30-Year Jumbo Refinance Rates