Mortgage rates continued to climb today. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage is averaging 4.05%, up 0.17 percentage points from yesterday. Rates for other types of loans are also starting the day higher, with the 30-year refinance rate averaging 4.153%, up 0.007 percentage points.
Although rates are rising, qualified borrowers can still benefit from competitive interest rates and affordable monthly payments when buying a home or refinancing a mortgage.
- The last rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 4.05%. ⇑
- The final rate on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.074%. ⇑
- The last rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.575%. ⇑
- The last rate on an ARM 7/1 is 3.868% ⇑
- The latest rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.153%. ⇑
Money’s daily mortgage rates reflect what a borrower with a 20% down payment and a credit score of 700 — roughly the national average score — could pay if he or she applied for a home loan right now. Each day’s rates are based on the average rate that 8,000 lenders offered applicants the previous business day. Freddie Mac weekly rates will generally be lower, as they measure the rates offered to borrowers with higher credit scores.
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Today’s 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates
- The 30-year rate is 4.05%.
- It’s a day infold by 0.017 percentage point.
- It’s a month to augment by 0.434 percentage points.
The long payback period, stable interest rate and affordable monthly payments make the 30-year mortgage the most popular option. The trade-off is that the interest rate will be higher compared to a short-term loan, so it’s a more expensive option over time.
15 years today fixed rate mortgage rates
- The rate over 15 years is 3.074%.
- It’s a day infold of 0.007 percentage point.
- It’s a month infold by 0.53 percentage points.
Some borrowers prefer the shorter payback period and lower interest rate of a 15-year fixed rate mortgage because the debt will be paid off faster and ultimately won’t cost as much. The caveat is that monthly payments will be higher than a 30-year loan of the same amount and may not be affordable for some buyers.
The latest rates of adjustable rate mortgages
- The last rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.575%. ⇑
- The latest rate on a 7/1 ARM is 3.868%. ⇑
- The latest rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.153%. ⇑
Adjustable rate mortgages will start with a fixed “teaser” rate that becomes adjustable after a certain number of years. For example, a 5/1 ARM will have a fixed interest rate for five years before adjusting once a year. Borrowers who plan to sell the home or refinance before the end of the fixed rate period sometimes find this type of loan attractive, as the initial interest rate tends to be very low. The potential risk is that the interest rate may increase significantly after it becomes adjustable.
The Latest VA, FHA, and Jumbo Loan Rates
The average rates for FHA, VA, and jumbo loans are:
- The rate on a 30-year FHA mortgage is 3.96%. ⇑
- The rate for a 30-year VA mortgage is 4.026%. ⇑
- The rate for a 30-year jumbo mortgage is 3.726%. ⇔
The latest mortgage refinance rates
The average refinance rates for 30-year loans, 15-year loans and ARMs are:
- The refinance rate on a 30-year fixed rate refinance is 4.153%. ⇑
- The refinance rate on a 15-year fixed rate refinance is 3.188%. ⇑
- The rollover rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.87%. ⇑
- The refinance rate on a 7/1 ARM is 4.048%. ⇑
- The rollover rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.297%. ⇑
Where are mortgage rates going this year?
Mortgage rates have fallen through 2020. Millions of homeowners have responded to low mortgage rates by refinancing existing loans and taking out new ones. Many people bought homes they might not have been able to afford if rates were higher. In January 2021, rates briefly fell to lowest levels on record, but rose slightly for the rest of the year.
Looking ahead, experts believe that interest rates will rise further in 2022, but also modestly. Factors that could affect rates include continued economic improvement and further labor market gains. The Federal Reserve also began to scale back its purchases of mortgage-backed securities and announced plans to raise the federal funds rate three times in 2022 to combat rising inflation.
While mortgage rates are likely to rise, experts say the increase won’t happen overnight and it won’t be a dramatic jump. Rates are expected to remain near historic lows throughout the first half of the year, rising slightly later in the year. Even with rising rates, it will still be a good time to finance a new home or refinance a mortgage.
Factors that influence mortgage rates include:
- The Federal Reserve. The Fed acted quickly when the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020. The Fed announced its intention to keep money flowing in the economy by lowering the Federal Fund short-term interest rate between 0% and 0.25%, which is also low as you go. The central bank also pledged to buy mortgage-backed securities and treasury bills, supporting the housing finance market, but began to scale back those purchases in November.
- The 10-year Treasury bond. Mortgage rates keep pace with government 10-year Treasury bond yields. Yields first fell below 1% in March 2020 and have since risen. On average, there is typically a 1.8 point “spread” between Treasury yields and benchmark mortgage rates.
- The wider economy. Unemployment rates and changes in gross domestic product are important indicators of the overall health of the economy. When employment and GDP growth are weak, it means the economy is weak, which can lower interest rates. Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment levels reached historic highs early last year and have yet to recover. GDP has also taken a hit, and although it has rebounded somewhat, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Tips for getting the lowest possible mortgage rate
There is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates takes some work and will depend on both personal financial factors and market conditions.
Check your credit score and your credit report. Mistakes or other red flags can lower your credit score. Borrowers with the highest credit scores are the ones who will get the best rates, so it’s essential to check your credit report before you begin the home hunting process. Taking steps to correct mistakes will help increase your score. If you have high credit card balances, paying them off can also give you a quick boost.
Save money for a large down payment. This will lower your loan-to-value ratio, which is the share of the house price that the lender has to finance. A lower LTV usually translates to a lower mortgage rate. Lenders also like to see money that has been saved in an account for at least 60 days. It tells the lender that you have the money to finance the home purchase.
Shop around for the best rate. Don’t settle for the first interest rate a lender offers you. Check with at least three different lenders to see who offers the lowest interest rate. Also consider different types of lenders, such as credit unions and online lenders in addition to traditional banks.
As well. take the time to learn about the different types of loans. Although the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan such as a 15-year mortgage or an adjustable rate mortgage. These types of loans often come with a lower rate than a conventional 30-year mortgage. Compare the costs of all to see which best suits your needs and financial situation. Government loans — such as those backed by the Federal Housing Authority, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Agriculture — may be more affordable options for those who qualify.
Finally, lock in your rate. Locking in your rate once you’ve found the right rate, the right loan product, and the right lender will help ensure that your mortgage rate doesn’t increase before the loan is closed.
Our mortgage rate methodology
Money’s Daily Mortgage Rates show the average rate offered by more than 8,000 lenders across the United States for which the most recent rates are available. Today we are posting rates for Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Our rates reflect what a typical borrower with a credit score of 700 might expect to pay for a home loan at this time. These rates were offered to people depositing 20% deposit and include discount points.