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Today's ARM loan rates
By Zach Wichter
The table below brings together a comprehensive national survey of mortgage lenders to help you know what are the most competitive ARM rates. This interest rate table is updated daily to give you the most current rates when choosing an adjustable-rate mortgage.
|30-Year Fixed Rate||3.050%||3.270%|
|20-Year Fixed Rate||2.950%||3.150%|
|15-Year Fixed Rate||2.350%||2.650%|
|10/1 ARM Rate||3.420%||4.090%|
|7/1 ARM Rate||3.180%||3.880%|
|5/1 ARM Rate||3.150%||3.990%|
|30-Year VA Rate||2.660%||2.840%|
|30-Year FHA Rate||2.850%||3.700%|
|30-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate||3.070%||3.170%|
|15-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate||2.350%||2.420%|
|7/1 ARM Jumbo Rate||3.360%||3.850%|
|5/1 ARM Jumbo Rate||3.180%||3.870%|
Rates as of May 11th, 2021 at 6:30 AM
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What is an ARM loan?
Adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, are home loans that come with a floating interest rate. In other words, the interest rate can change periodically throughout the life of the loan, unlike fixed-rate mortgages.
Since the rate on ARMs can increase or decrease, your monthly payment can, too. ARMs are structured with a fixed-rate period and a floating-rate period. During the first few years your rate is fixed, but after that period ends your rate becomes adjustable. These are typically 5/1 or 7/1 ARMs, which signify that the first five or seven years of the loan will have a fixed rate.
The time between rate changes — called the adjustment period — will appear in the fine print, so you’ll know exactly when it may go up or down. Typically, ARM interest rates adjust annually after the initial fixed period.
How do adjustable-rate mortgages work?
Adjustable-rate mortgages are loans with an interest rate that changes after an initial fixed period. The most common adjustable-rate mortgage, the 5/1 ARM, has a fixed period of 5 years at the start of the loan, which usually has a lower interest rate relative to market conditions. After that initial period ends, the /1 represents that the rate will adjust based on the prevailing market rate annually.
Mortgage rates are just above their all-time lows right now, so if you close on a 5/1 ARM tomorrow, your interest rate may rise, and your monthly payment along with it, once the annual adjustments start. But really no one can say what rates will look like five years from now.
When should you consider an ARM?
Adjustable-rate loans are usually best for borrowers who plan to move before the fixed period ends, or who are prepared to refinance once the loan starts adjusting.
The benefits of an ARM usually include low interest rates during the initial fixed stage, but once the rate adjustments start, it can be more difficult to budget for your payments, especially if the market pushes your interest rates up.
Most ARMs take 30 years to fully amortize, so you could be stuck with up to 25 years of variable payments if you stay put and don’t refinance to a fixed loan.
Is an ARM better than a fixed-rate mortgage?
There are pros and cons of both ARMs and fixed-rate mortgages. Your financial goals will dictate which one makes sense for you.
ARMs generally have lower introductory rates compared with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. So, for someone who plans to sell their house, pay off the loan or refinance before the fixed-portion of the ARM expires (see above), then an ARM might be a cheaper option.
If you’re comparing ARM rates to shorter-term fixed-rate options, then you might find that those rates are about the same. The difference is that with ARMs you can spread the payment over 30 years, so you can get a low rate (on par with a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage) without the high monthly costs. The ARM option, in this scenario, might make sense if you don’t plan on staying in the house long-term.
Do ARM loans have a rate cap?
A rate cap puts a limit on how much your interest rate can go up.
There are two types of caps:
- Period adjustment cap: how much your rate can go up or down within an adjustment period
- Lifetime cap: limits rate increase throughout the lifetime of the loan (by law ARMs must have a lifetime cap)
Keep in mind that a drop in interest rates doesn’t mean your monthly payments will go down (or up) right away. Some lenders may hold on to some or all of the rate decline and move it over to the next adjustment period — referred to as a carryover.
For example, if your rate cap is 1 percentage point and interest rates went up by 2 percent, your lender can hold onto the “extra” 1 percent and increase your monthly payment in the future even if the index rate hasn’t gone up.
Are there any requirements associated with ARM loans?
ARM loans have a few requirements which are similar to other types of mortgages.
Loan amount: Typically, homeowners can borrow up to $510,400 for a conforming ARM (limits may be higher in areas with higher home prices). You can take on a jumbo ARM which exceeds the conforming loan limit, though both these types of loans can be harder to secure.
Credit history: The higher your credit score, the more likely you’ll be approved for a loan with competitive interest rates. Lenders will also look at other factors such as your payment history, other loans and income.
Down payment: Ideally, you’ll want to put down a 20 percent down payment to avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance) but most conventional ARM loans allow as little as a 5 percent down payment. Government backed loans such as FHA or VA loans may have even lower minimum down payment requirements.
What are the different types of ARM loans?
The most common types of ARMs are also known as hybrid ARMs. These have initial fixed-rate periods followed by a floating rate for the remainder of the loan. Hybrid ARMs include:
- 5/1 ARM: The first 5 years have a fixed rate followed by a floating rate for the remainder of the loan.
- 7/1 ARM: The first 7 years have a fixed rate followed by a floating rate for the remainder of the loan.
- 10/1 ARM: The first 10 years have a fixed rate followed by a floating rate for the remainder of the loan.
Usually, 5/1 ARMs have the lowest interest rate of the bunch. For those who think they’ll refinance or sell within five years, this could be a cost-effective mortgage option.
Of course, it’s also a gamble. If your income or credit situation changes for the worse, you might not be able to refinance. And, if you can refinance, you might end up with a higher rate than if you would have gotten a fixed-rate loan in the first place.
VA and FHA ARMs
If you know that you won’t keep the house longer than the initial period, you could end up saving money. If you stay with an ARM past the fixed-rate period, you run the risk of your rate rising (it could also fall if rates drop).
Learn more about adjustable-rate mortgages
|Loan Type||Purchase Rates||Refinance Rates|
|The table above links out to loan-specific content to help you learn more about rates by loan type.|
|30-Year Loan||30-Year Mortgage Rates||30-Year Refinance Rates|
|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|