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Mortgage rates fell today. If you want to buy a house or refinance your current home, you still have a chance to lock in a historically low rate.
To date, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is 4.56% with an APR of 4.58%, according to Bankrate.com. The 15-year fixed mortgage has an average rate of 3.80% with an APR of 3.84%. On a 30-year jumbo mortgage, the average rate is 4.54% with an APR of 4.55%. The average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 3.15% with an APR of 4.04%.
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30-year fixed mortgage interest rate
The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed rate mortgage slipped to 4.56%. Last week, the 30-year fixed was 4.47%. The 52 week low is 3.00%.
On a 30-year fixed mortgage, the APR is 4.58%, higher than it was last week. The APR, or annual percentage rate, consists of the interest rate of a loan and the finance charges of a loan. This is the overall cost of your loan.
According to the Forbes Advisor Mortgage Calculator, borrowers with a $100,000 30-year fixed rate mortgage will pay $510 per month in principal and interest (taxes and fees not included) at the current interest rate of 4.56% . In total interest, you would pay $83,692 over the life of the loan.
15-year mortgage interest rate
Today, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate is 3.80%, higher than it was yesterday. Last week it was 3.64%. Today’s rate is above the 52-week low of 2.28%.
The APR on a 15-year fixed is 3.84%. This time last week it was 3.67%.
A fixed rate mortgage of $100,000 for 15 years with a current interest rate of 3.80% will cost 730 per month in principal and interest. Over the term of the loan, you will pay $31,347 in total interest.
Giant Mortgage Rates
On a 30-year jumbo, the average interest rate stands at 4.54%, higher than it was at this time last week. The average rate was 4.48% at the same time last week. The 30-year fixed rate on a jumbo mortgage is currently above the 52-week low of 3.03%.
Borrowers with a 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage with a current interest rate of 4.54% will pay $509 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 $3,818, and you would pay approximately $624,475 in total interest over the life of the loan.
5/1 ARM interest rate
The average interest rate on a 5/1 ARM sits at 3.15%, above the 52-week low of 2.82%. Last week, the average rate was 2.96%.
Borrowers with a 5/1 ARM of $100,000 with today’s interest rate of 3.15% will pay $430 a month in principal and interest.
How to calculate mortgage payments
If you can’t or don’t want to pay cash, mortgage lenders and mortgages will be part of your home buying process. It’s important to figure out what you’ll likely pay each month to see if it’s within your budget.
Using a mortgage calculator can help you estimate your monthly mortgage payment based on your interest rate, purchase price, down payment and other expenses.
To calculate your monthly mortgage payment, here is what you will need:
- Interest rate
- Deposit amount
- house price
- term of the loan
- 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.
Why APR Matters
The APR, or annual percentage rate, is the overall cost of your loan. It includes interest and finance charges for your loan, taking into account interest, fees and time.
Since the APR includes both the interest rate and some fees associated with a home loan, the APR can help you understand the total cost of a mortgage if you hold it for the full term. The APR will generally be higher than the interest rate, but there are exceptions.