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For anyone in the market looking to buy or refinance a home, now is a good time to lock in a low rate. Mortgage rates remained unchanged today, keeping rates at historic lows.
The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.97%, according to Bankrate.com. On a 15-year fixed mortgage, the average rate is 3.34%. The average rate on a 30-year jumbo mortgage is 3.97% and the average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.85%.
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30-year fixed mortgage rates
The average rate held steady on a 30-year fixed mortgage, remaining at 3.97%. The 52-week low is 2.91%.
The APR on a 30-year fixed is 3.98%. This time last week it was 3.79%. The APR is the overall cost of your loan.
According to the Forbes Advisor Mortgage Calculator, homebuyers with a $100,000 30-year fixed rate mortgage will pay $476 per month in principal and interest (taxes and fees not included) at the current interest rate of $3.97 %. In total interest, you would pay $71,247 over the life of the loan.
15-year mortgage interest rate
The average interest rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage is 3.34%. At this time last week, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage was at 3.16%. Today’s rate is above the 52-week low of 2.28%.
On a 15-year fixed term, the APR is 3.42%. Last week it was 3.25%.
A $100,000 15-year fixed rate mortgage with a current interest rate of 3.34% will cost $707 per month in principal and interest. Over the term of the loan, you will pay $27,269 in total interest.
Giant Mortgage Rates
The average interest rate on the 30-year fixed rate jumbo mortgage is 3.97%. Last week, the average rate was 3.75%. The 30-year fixed rate on a jumbo mortgage is currently above the 52-week low of 2.94%.
Borrowers with a 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage with a current interest rate of 3.97% will pay $476 per month in principal and interest per $100,000. This means that on a $750,000 loan, the monthly principal and interest payment would be approximately $3,568, and you would pay approximately $534,356 in total interest over the life of the loan.
5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage Rates
The average interest rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.85%, higher than the 52-week low of 2.82%. Last week, the average rate was 2.84%.
Borrowers with a 5/1 ARM of $100,000 with a current interest rate of 2.85% will pay $414 per month in principal and interest.
Calculate your mortgage payment
For a large portion of the population, buying a home means working with a mortgage lender to secure a mortgage. It can be difficult to determine how much you can afford and what you are paying.
To estimate your monthly mortgage payment, you can use a mortgage calculator. It will provide you with an estimate of your monthly principal and interest payment based on your interest rate, down payment, purchase price and other factors.
Here’s what you’ll need to calculate your monthly mortgage payment:
- The price of the house
- The amount of your deposit
- The interest rate
- The term of the loan
- All taxes, insurance and all HOA fees
What you can afford depends on a number of factors, including your income, debt, debt-to-equity ratio, down payment, and credit score.
You should also factor in closing costs, property taxes, insurance costs, and ongoing maintenance costs.
The type of loan you choose can also affect how much home you can afford. When shopping for a loan, consider whether a conventional mortgage, FHA loan, VA loan, or USDA loan is best suited for your particular situation.
Explain the annual percentage rate of charge
The annual percentage rate, or APR, takes into account interest, fees and time. This is the total cost of your loan and includes both the interest rate of the loan and its finance charges.
The APR can help you understand the total cost of a mortgage if you keep it for the full term. Keep in mind that the APR is often higher than the interest rate.