Multiple closely watched mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both receded. On the variable-mortgage side, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages climbed higher.
Mortgage rates are constantly changing, but they continue to represent a bargain compared to rates before the Great Recession. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, it may make sense to go ahead and lock if you see a rate you like. Just make sure you shop around first.
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30-year fixed mortgages
The average rate for the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage is 4.10 percent, down 7 basis points from a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was lower, at 4.04 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $483.20 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. Compared with last week, that’s $4.07 lower.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to figure out your monthly payments and see what the effects of making extra payments would be. 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 3.25 percent, down 6 basis points over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed mortgage at that rate will cost around $703 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 quickly.
The average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 3.30 percent, up 2 basis points over the last 7 days.
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 3.30 percent would cost about $438 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: March 17, 2017.
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