Mortgage rates rise this week | September 25 & 26, 2021
The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ended the week at 3.323%, up 0.023 percentage points from Monday and the highest average rate since late August. Interest rates on most other types of loans also rose over the course of the week.
Even with today’s higher interest rates, well-qualified buyers considering a new mortgage or refinancing their existing home loan should find low and attractive interest rates and comfortable monthly payments.
- The most recent interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.323%.
- The most recent interest rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.427%.
- The latest rate on a 5/1 Jumbo ARM is 2.193%.
- The latest rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 3.048%.
- The latest rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 3.986%.
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 3.323%.
- This is a day inwrinkle of 0.071 percentage points. ⇑
- That’s a month inwrinkle of 0.009 percentage points. ⇑
The most common type of mortgage is the fixed rate loan. With this type of mortgage loan, the interest rate and monthly payments are constant and predictable as long as you are paying the loan. The most common of them all is the 30 year fixed rate mortgage as its long payback period results in lower and cheaper payments compared to a shorter loan. On the other hand, the interest rate tends to be higher so over time you will pay more.
Current mortgage rates: 15 years fixed rate Mortgage rates
- The 15-year rate is 2.427%.
- This is a day inwrinkle of 0.052 percentage points. ⇑
- That’s a month dewrinkle of 0.003 percentage points. ⇓
The monthly installments for a 15-year fixed rate loan are higher than for a similarly sized 30-year loan because a 15-year fixed rate loan is paid off in half the time. However, the interest rate will be lower so you won’t pay as much over the life of the loan. Some borrowers who can afford the larger payments like the idea of getting out of debt faster and for less money.
Current Mortgage Rates: 5/1 jumbo floating rate mortgage rates
- The 5/1 ARM rate is 2.193%.
- That is unchanged from yesterday’s course. ⇔
- That’s a month dewrinkle of 0.014 percentage points. ⇓
Variable rate mortgages start with a low introductory or “teaser” rate that stays in place for a number of years. After that, the courses are reset at certain intervals. As your rate increases, so does your monthly payment. For example, a 5/1 ARM has a fixed interest rate for five years and then adjusts each year until the loan is paid off. There are a number of different terms that you can choose from, including a 7/1 ARM and a 10/1 ARM.
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 3.047%. ⇑
- The interest rate on a 30 year VA mortgage is 3,074. ⇑
- The interest rate on a 30 year jumbo mortgage is 3.42%. ⇑
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 3.49%. ⇑
- The refinancing rate for a 15-year fixed-rate refinancing is 2.538%. ⇑
- The refinancing rate for a 5/1 Jumbo ARM is 2.467. ⇔
- The refinancing rate for a 7/1 compliant ARM is 3.839%. ⇓
- The refinancing rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 4.139. ⇑
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 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 reaffirmed its commitment to this policy several times for the foreseeable future, most recently at a monetary policy meeting in late January.
- The 10-year treasury note. Mortgage rates move in step with the yields on 10-year government bonds. 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
There is no one universal mortgage rate that all borrowers get. Qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates takes a bit of work and depends on both personal financial factors and market conditions.
Check your credit history and credit report. Mistakes or other warning signs that can drag your credit score 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.
Also, take the time to read up on the different types of credit. While the 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most common mortgage, you should 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 can help 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 business daily rates are available. Today we are showing prices for Thursday, September 23, 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.