30-year fixed mortgage rates
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.99 percent, climbing 16 basis points over the past week. One month ago, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage was more favorable, at 2.88 percent. Today’s 30-year rate is 114 basis points below the average annual rate of 2019, making it a great time to get a fixed-rate mortgage.
At the current average interest rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $421.06 for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s up $8.57 from last Friday. Compared to a month ago, that’s $5.90 higher.
Use Bankrate’s mortgage rate calculator to estimate your monthly payments and see how much you’ll save by adding extra payments. Our tool will also help you calculate how much interest you’ll fork up over the life of your loan.
30-year fixed refi rates
The average rate to refinance a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.01 percent, up 15 basis points compared to a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage was 2.90 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay P&I of $422.14 for every $100k you borrow. Compared to last week, that’s $8.05 higher. Compared to a month ago, that’s $5.91 higher.
Bankrate average annual 30-year fixed mortgage rate, 2010-2019
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Pros and cons of a 30-year mortgage term
The popular 30-year mortgage has a number of advantages, including:
- Lower monthly payment. Compared to a shorter term, such as 15 years, the 30-year mortgage offers lower, more affordable payments spread over time.
- Stability. With a 30-year mortgage, you lock in a consistent principal and interest payment. Because of the predictability, you can plan your housing expenses for the long term. Remember: Your monthly housing payment can change if your homeowners insurance and property taxes go up or, less likely, down.
- Buying power. Because you have lower payments, you can qualify for a bigger loan and a more expensive house.
- Flexibility. Lower monthly payments can free up some of your monthly budget for other goals, like building an emergency fund, contributing to retirement or college tuition, or saving for home repairs and maintenance.
- Strategic use of debt. Some argue that Americans focus too much on paying down their mortgages rather than adding to their retirement accounts. A 30-year mortgage with a smaller monthly payment can allow you to save more for retirement.
The 30-year mortgage also has some downsides:
- More total interest paid. Stretching out repayment to a 30-year term means you pay more overall in interest than you would with a shorter-term loan.
- Higher mortgage rates. Compared to 15-year loans, lenders charge higher interest rates for 30-year loans because they’re taking on the risk of not being repaid for a longer time span.
- Slower equity growth. The amortization table for a 30-year mortgage reveals a harsh reality: In the early years, almost all of your payments go to interest rather than principal. A 15-year loan brings a higher monthly payment but much faster payoff of the loan amount.
- Buying a pricier house than you should. Just because you might be able to afford more house with a 30-year loan doesn’t mean you should stretch your budget to the breaking point. Give yourself some breathing room for other financial goals and unexpected expenses. Use Bankrate’s home affordability calculator to determine how much house you can afford.
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30-year fixed mortgage vs. 15-year fixed mortgage
The most significant drawback of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the amount of interest you’ll pay. Mortgage rates are typically higher for 30-year loans than 15-year loans. Although your monthly payments will be lower for a 30-year loan, you’ll pay much more interest over the life of the loan.
For example, with a 15-year fixed loan, you’ll cut your repayment time in half and save significantly on interest in the process. Compare how much interest you’ll pay on 15-year and 30-year loans with Bankrate’s 15-year or 30-year fixed mortgage calculator.
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|20-Year Loan||20-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||20-Year Refinance Interest Rates|
|15-Year Loan||15-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||15-Year Refinance Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Rates||10-Year Mortgage Refinance Rates|
|FHA Loan||Current FHA Mortgage Rates||FHA Mortgage Refi Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Loan Interest Rates||Current VA Refinance Rates|
|ARM Loan||Adjustable Rate Mortgage Rates||ARM Refinance Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Jumbo Loan Interest Rates||Jumbo Refi Interest Rates|
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