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On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.30%. The average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.30%, according to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.30%. The average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.30%, according to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

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Mortgage news this week

30-year mortgages back over 7%

The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 7.11 percent as of Feb. 14, according to Bankrate’s weekly national survey of large lenders.

While many variables impact mortgage prices, the primary culprit this week was a higher-than-expected inflation reading on Feb. 13.

The rate on 30-year mortgages, specifically, moves with the 10-year Treasury yield, which topped 4.25 percent Feb. 14.

Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst, recently forecasted the average 30-year rate to gradually track down to 5.75 percent by the end of this year. The head-fake from the recent inflation figures could slow that outcome.

“The disappointing Consumer Price Index reading administered a dose of interest rate reality to investors — the Fed will be slow to cut rates, and it won't happen right away,” says McBride.

Bankrate’s average 30-year rate had hovered in the high-6 percent range since Dec. 20, the week following the Federal Reserve’s final meeting of 2023, when the central bank announced it wouldn’t raise its key interest rate and intends to cut rates in 2024. The 30-year rate responded by free-falling from 7.21 percent to 6.88 percent in a single week.

Learn more: Historical 30-year mortgage rates

The Fed opted to leave rates unchanged at its Jan. 31 gathering, and it isn’t expected to deviate from that course at its next meeting in March.

“Rates have been bumping around amidst growing sentiment that the Fed will push off rate cuts, possibly until June,” says Lisa Sturtevant, chief economist at Bright MLS, a listing service in the Mid-Atlantic region.

While the Fed doesn't directly set 30-year fixed mortgage rates, its monetary policies do influence their direction.

Learn more: How the Federal Reserve impacts mortgage rates

Current mortgage and refinance interest rates

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 7.29% 7.30%
20-Year Fixed Rate 7.14% 7.16%
15-Year Fixed Rate 6.62% 6.65%
10-Year Fixed Rate 6.42% 6.45%
5-1 ARM 6.18% 7.33%
10-1 ARM 6.93% 7.81%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA 6.37% 7.06%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA 6.55% 6.66%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo 7.35% 7.36%

Rates as of Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:30 AM

 

 

How to compare 30-year fixed mortgage rates

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

  1. Decide whether a 30-year mortgage rate is right for you: The 30-year term is the most popular option, but it’s far from the only one. Depending on the lender you work with, you might be able to apply for fixed-rate loans amortized over anywhere from eight to 29 years. Another option: an adjustable-rate mortgage. Weigh your needs and situation to make sure 30 years is the right term for you.
  2. Get preapproved: Get rate quotes 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, including the size of your down payment. Putting your best foot forward with those variables will help you land the best deal.
  3. Compare the interest rate and APR: The interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR) reflect the cost of the loan. The interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR) reflect the cost you’ll incur for the loan. The interest rate is the cost to borrow the funds, while the APR includes the interest rate and other costs such as the origination fee and any points. When comparing rate offers, the APR is a more complete picture of the all-in cost.
  4. Consider the lender’s ratings and your experience: Aside from the numbers, evaluate other factors such as convenience and the lender’s responsiveness. Take a look at what other borrowers have had to say about the lender, too.

It’s important to shop around 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 pay over the life of the loan.

Finding the lowest-advertised rate won’t mean much, however, if your credit score or debt puts you out of range for the best offers. Generally, borrowers with a credit score of 740 and up, a substantial down payment (20 percent is ideal, but not required) and a debt-to-income ratio (DTI ratio) of no more than 43 percent score the most attractive offers.
 

Some lenders still cater to borrowers that don’t meet these criteria, offering competitive rates even if your credit or finances aren’t up to par. That’s another reason why it pays to shop around.

Comparing mortgage rates can also pay off especially in a volatile economic climate. With rates higher than they were in recent years and constantly changing, it’s often helpful to understand overall rate trends before locking in your own. You can learn more about mortgage lenders and their various options on Bankrate’s lender review hub.

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Pros and cons of a 30-year mortgage

Pros of a 30-year mortgage

  • 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 afford a more expensive home.
  • More financial flexibility: 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 of a 30-year mortgage

  • 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.

30-year mortgage FAQ

Refinancing your current 30-year mortgage

With mortgage rates at their highest point in more than two decades, most borrowers won’t find savings in a refinance. In general, it’s only a good idea to refinance your 30-year fixed mortgage into a new loan if you can get a lower interest rate, lower your monthly payment or improve your financial situation in another way.

Still, if you want to refinance now, consider refinancing your 30-year mortgage into a shorter loan, which would help you save on interest. Keep in mind, though, you’ll likely have a higher monthly payment.

If you’re on the fence about refinancing, think about the closing costs. When you refinance a 30-year mortgage, you’ll need to pay for the lender’s fees, an appraisal and other costs. While these aren’t as high as the costs you paid when you bought the home, they ultimately impact your savings. If refinancing won’t save you money or benefit your finances overall, then it’s likely not the best move right now.

 

Written by: Jeff Ostrowski, mortgage reporter for Bankrate

Jeff Ostrowski writes about the U.S. housing market for Bankrate. He has appeared on CNBC and numerous radio and television outlets to discuss his reporting about real estate trends.

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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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