Today’s Mortgage Rates | October 16 & 17, 2021
The average rate on a 30 year fixed rate loan ended the week at 3.431%, 0.038 percentage points lower than Monday. The 30-year refinancing rate was also lower than at the beginning of the week and has leveled off at 3.576%.
Interest rates were lower overall, despite a midweek hike that brought the 30-year rate above 3.5% for the first time since June. However, compared to interest rates a month ago, the general interest rate movement was higher.
For well-qualified borrowers thinking about buying a home or refinancing their current mortgage, this remains an opportune time to set competitive interest rates and low monthly payments.
- The most recent interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.431%.
- The most recent interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.506%.
- The latest rate on a 5/1 Jumbo ARM is 2.412%.
- The latest rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 3.253%.
- The latest rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 3.778%.
Money’s daily mortgage rates reflect what a borrower with a 20% down payment and a credit score of 700 – roughly the national average – could pay if he or she applies for a home loan now. Daily rates are based on the average price that 8,000 lenders offered applicants on the previous business day. Freddie Mac’s weekly interest rates will generally be lower as they measure the interest rates offered to borrowers with higher creditworthiness.
Current mortgage rates: 30-year fixed rate mortgages
- The 30-year rate is 3.431%.
- This is a day dewrinkle of 0.058 percentage points. ⇓
- That’s a month inwrinkle of 0.175 percentage points. ⇑
Fixed rate loans are the most common type of mortgage loan. Borrowers like the constant interest rates and monthly payments. Of all the loan terms available, the 30-year rate is the most popular because of its long payback period – monthly payments are lower than a shorter-term loan. However, the interest rate will be higher so you will pay more for the 30 year loan in the long run.
Current mortgage rates: 15 years fixed rate Mortgage rates
- The 15-year rate is 2.506%.
- This is a day dewrinkle of 0.037 percentage points. ⇓
- That’s a month inwrinkle of 0.158 percentage points. ⇑
Due to the shorter term of a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, the monthly installments are higher than for a 30-year mortgage of the same amount. On the other hand, the interest rate is usually lower so you won’t pay as much over the life of the loan.
Current Mortgage Rates: 5/1 jumbo floating rate mortgage rate
- The 5/1 ARM rate is 2.412%.
- This is a day dewrinkle of 0.031 percentage points. ⇓
- That’s a month inwrinkle of 0.192 percentage points. ⇑
Variable rate mortgages have a low introductory or “teaser” rate that is set for the first few years of the loan. At the end of the introductory phase, the price begins to adapt to market conditions and changes at set intervals. The monthly payments start out fixed and then change as the rate changes.
For example, the interest rate on a 5/1 ARM is fixed for five years and then changes every year. There are a number of different ARM terms to choose from and the loan is usually structured to be paid off in 30 years.
Current mortgage rates: VA, FHA, and jumbo loan rates
The average interest rates on FHA, VA, and Jumbo loans are:
- The interest rate on a 30 year FHA mortgage is 3.121%. ⇓
- The interest rate on a 30 year VA mortgage is 3.153. ⇓
- The interest rate on a 30 year jumbo mortgage is 3.595%. ⇓
Current mortgage lending rates
The average interest rates for 30 year loans, 15 year loans, and 5/1 jumbo ARMs are:
- The refinancing rate for a 30-year fixed-rate refinancing is 3.576%. ⇓
- The refinancing rate for a 15-year fixed-rate refinancing is 2.609%. ⇓
- The refinancing rate for a 5/1 Jumbo ARM is 2.709%. ⇓
- The refinancing rate for a 7/1 compliant ARM is 3.875%. ⇓
- The refinancing rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 4.056%. ⇓
Where are mortgage rates going this year?
Mortgage rates fell by 2020. Millions of homeowners responded to the low mortgage rates by refinancing existing loans and taking out new ones. Many people bought houses that they might not have been able to afford at higher prices.
In January 2021, rates briefly fell to their lowest level on record, but trended higher over the course of the month and into February.
Looking ahead, experts assume that interest rates will continue to rise in 2021, but modestly. Factors that could affect rates include how quickly the COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed and when lawmakers can agree on another economic aid package. More vaccinations and government incentives could lead to improved economic conditions, which would raise rates.
While mortgage rates are likely to rise this year, experts say the rise won’t come overnight and won’t be a dramatic jump. Interest rates should stay near historically low levels in the first half of the year and rise slightly later in the year. Even when interest rates rise, it’s still a good time to buy a new home or refinance a mortgage.
Some of the factors that affect mortgage rates include:
- The Federal Reserve. When the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, the Fed took swift action. The Fed announced plans to keep money flowing through the economy by lowering the short-term federal fund interest rate to 0% to 0.25%, which is as low as they go. The central bank also promised to buy mortgage-backed securities and government bonds to prop up the real estate finance market. The Fed has confirmed its commitment to this policy several times for the foreseeable future, most recently at a monetary policy meeting at the end of January.
- The 10-year treasury note. Mortgage rates are moving in lockstep with the yields on the government’s 10-year government bond. Yields fell below 1% for the first time in March 2020 and have been rising slowly since then. Yields are currently above 1% since the beginning of the year, which is driving interest rates up slightly. 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. Low employment and GDP growth means the economy is weak, which can drive interest rates down. Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment hit an all-time high early last year and has not yet recovered. GDP also fell, and although it has recovered somewhat, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Tips for the lowest possible mortgage rate
Check your credit history and credit report. Mistakes or other red flags can drag your creditworthiness down. Borrowers with the highest creditworthiness get the best interest rates. Therefore, it is important to check your credit report before you start looking for a home. Taking steps to fix bugs can increase your score. If you have a high credit card balance, paying off can be a quick boost too.
Save money on a sizeable down payment. This will lower your loan-to-value ratio, ie how much of the house price the lender has to finance. A lower LTV usually means a lower mortgage rate. Lenders also want to see money that has been stored 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 price. Don’t be satisfied with the first rate a lender offers you. Check with at least three different lenders to see who offers the lowest interest rates. In addition to traditional banks, consider different types of lenders, such as credit unions and online lenders.
Likewise. Take the time to read up on the different types of credit. While the 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most common mortgage, consider a shorter term loan such as a 15 year loan or an adjustable rate mortgage. These types of loans often have a lower interest rate than a traditional 30 year mortgage. Compare the cost of each to see which one best fits your needs and financial situation. Government loans – such as those supported by the Federal Housing Authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture – can be cheaper options for those who qualify.
Finally, secure your tariff. Locking your interest rate once you find the right interest rate, loan product, and lender will ensure that your mortgage rate does not go up before you take out the loan.
Our mortgage rate method
Money Daily Mortgage Rate shows the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders in the United States for which the latest daily business rates are available. Today we are showing prices for Thursday, October 14th, 2021. Our interest rates reflect what a typical borrower with a credit score of 700 currently expects to pay for a home loan. These prices were offered to people off 20% and include discount points.