30-year fixed mortgage interest ratesThe average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.96 percent, decreasing 6 basis points over the last week. This time last month, the average rate on a 30-year loan was less favorable, at 3.03 percent.At today’s average rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $419.45 for every $100k you borrow. Compared to a week ago, that’s $3.23 lower. See today’s daily mortgage rates article to understand how other mortgage interest rates moved.30-year refinance ratesToday’s average 30-year fixed refinance rate is 3.03 percent, a decrease of 13 basis points over the previous seven days. This time last month, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage was 3.20 percent.At the current average rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $423.22 for every $100,000 you borrow. Compared to last week, that’s $7.06 lower. Pros and cons of a 30-year mortgageThe popular 30-year mortgage has a number of advantages, including:
Lower monthly payment. The 30-year mortgage offers lower, more affordable payments spread over time compared with shorter-term mortgages.
Stability. With the 30-year, you lock in a consistent principal and interest payment. That predictability lets you 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 saving for emergencies, retirement, college tuition or 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 fixed mortgage with a lower monthly cost can allow you to save more for retirement.
As with any financial product, the 30-year mortgage does have some negatives, including:
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. Lenders charge higher interest rates for 30-year mortgages compared to 15-year loans. That’s 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.
Mortgage lock recommendations
A rate lock guarantees a lender will honor a specified interest rate at a specific cost for a set period. The benefit of a mortgage rate lock is that it protects you from market fluctuations. It also puts pressure on borrowers to make sure they close on homes before the rate-lock period expires. For example, if your lender locks in your rate at 3.75 percent for 45 days and rates jump up to 4 percent within that period, you’ll still get your loan at the lesser rate.
If they choose not to lock in your rate, you’ll have a “floating” rate. That’s not a bad strategy when interest rates are generally falling, but it could be costly in a rising rate environment. For risk-averse people who are looking for a mortgage, a rate-lock is a must. It’s a good idea to ask for a 45-day lock at a minimum; 60 days is even better.
Where rates are headed
Each week, our editorial team asks a group of mortgage experts where they think mortgage rates will go over the next week. See Bankrate’s Rate Trends Page for weekly forecasts.
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30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates
Current 30 Year Refinance Rates
20-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates
20-Year Refinance Interest Rates
15-Year Mortgage Rates
Current 15-Year Refinance Rates
10-Year Mortgage Interest Rates
10-Year Refinance Rates
Current FHA Mortgage Rates
Current FHA Loan Refinance Rates
Current VA Mortgage Rates
VA Refinance Rates
ARM Mortgage Rates
ARM Refi Mortage Rates
Current Jumbo Mortgage Rates
Jumbo Mortgage Refinance Rates
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