Several closely watched mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both decreased. On the variable-mortgage side, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also ticked downward.
Rates for mortgages are in a constant state of flux, but they have remained in a historically low range for quite some time. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, it may be a great time to lock in a rate. Just be sure to shop around.
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30-year fixed mortgages
The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.67 percent, a decrease of 14 basis points over the last seven days. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was higher, at 3.79 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $458.59 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $7.94 lower, compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments and find out how much you’ll save by 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 3.10 percent, down 1 basis point from a week ago.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed mortgage at that rate will cost around $695 per $100,000 borrowed. The bigger payment may be a little tougher to find room for in your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage payment would, 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 more rapidly.
The average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 3.83 percent, sliding 6 basis points from a week ago.
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 3.83 percent would cost about $468 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.
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Last updated: August 16, 2019.
Methodology: The rates you see above are Bankrate.com Site Averages. These calculations are run after the close of the previous business day and include rates and/or yields we have collected that day for a specific banking product. Bankrate.com site averages tend to be volatile — they help consumers see the movement of rates day to day. The institutions included in the “Bankrate.com Site Average” tables will be different from one day to the next, depending on which institutions’ rates we gather on a particular day for presentation on the site.
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