Mortgage rates rise | August 9, 2021

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The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is currently 3.295%, up 0.065 percentage points from Friday. As for other types of loans, rates are starting the week on the rise across the board.

This is the third consecutive day of price increases. Despite the slightly higher rates, well-qualified buyers who are considering buying a new home should still be able to find great rates. Homeowners who decide to refinance can also save money by getting a lower rate.

  • The last rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage is 3.295%.
  • The last rate on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage is 2.404%.
  • The latest rate on a Jumbo ARM 5/1 is 2.166%.
  • The latest rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 4.73%.
  • The latest rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 4.447%.

Current mortgage rates: 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates

  • The 30-year rate is 3.295%.
  • It’s a day infold by 0.065 percentage point. ⇑
  • It’s a month offold by 0.013 percentage points. ⇓

Fixed rate mortgages will have predictable interest rates and monthly payments. The 30-year loan is the most common because its long repayment period results in relatively low monthly payments. On the other hand, the interest rate will be higher compared to a shorter term loan, so you will pay more in the end.

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Average mortgage rates

Data based on U.S. mortgages closed August 6, 2021

Type of loan August 6 Last week Change
Conventional Fixed 15 Years 2.4% 2.33% 0.07%
Conventional Fixed 30 Years 3.3% 3.25% 0.05%
ARM rate 7/1 4.73% 4.19% 0.54%
ARM rate 10/1 4.45% 4.11% 0.34%

Your actual rate may vary

Current mortgage rates: 15 years fixed rate mortgage rates

  • The 15-year rate is 2.404%.
  • It’s a day infold by 0.083 percentage point. ⇑
  • It’s a month infold by 0.011 percentage point. ⇑

The shorter payback time of a 15-year mortgage will result in higher monthly payments compared to a 30-year mortgage. However, the interest rate will be lower, which means you won’t be paying as much interest over the life of the loan, making it a cheaper option in the long run.

Current mortgage rates: jumbo variable rate mortgage rates 5/1

  • The ARM 5/1 rate is 2.166%.
  • It’s a day infold by 0.038 percentage points. ⇑
  • It’s a month offold by 0.025 percentage point. ⇓

Instead of a fixed rate loan, you can opt for an adjustable rate loan. An ARM will have a fixed “teaser” rate for the first few years, after which the rate will become adjustable and reset at specific intervals. The monthly payment will reflect whatever interest rate is made.

For example, an ARM 5/1 will have a fixed rate for the first five years. After five years, the rate will reset each year until the loan is paid off. Other common ARM terms include a 7/1 and a 10/1. You will generally have a total of 30 years to repay a variable rate loan.

Current mortgage rates: 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 3.067%. ⇑
  • The rate for a 30-year VA mortgage is 3.132%. ⇑
  • The rate for a 30-year jumbo mortgage is 3.414%. ⇑

Current mortgage refinancing rates

The average rates for 30-year, 15-year and 5/1 jumbo ARM loans are:

  • The refinance rate on a 30 year fixed rate refinance is 3.476%. ⇑
  • The refinance rate on a 15 year fixed rate refinance is 2.521%. ⇑
  • The refinancing rate on an ARM 5/1 jumbo is 2.431%. ⇑
  • The refinancing rate on a 7/1 compliant ARM is 4.902%. ⇑
  • The refinancing rate on a 10/1 compliant ARM is 4.709%. ⇑
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Average mortgage refinancing rates

Data based on U.S. mortgages closed August 6, 2021

Type of loan August 6 Last week Change
Conventional Fixed 15 Years 2.52% 2.47% 0.05%
Conventional Fixed 30 Years 3.48% 3.43% 0.05%
ARM rate 7/1 4.9% 4.52% 0.38%
ARM rate 10/1 4.71% 4.36% 0.35%

Your actual rate may vary

Where Are Mortgage Rates Going This Year?

Mortgage rates fell through 2020. Millions of homeowners responded to low mortgage rates by refinancing existing loans and taking out new ones. Many people have bought homes that they might not have been able to afford if the rates were higher.

In January 2021, rates briefly fell to all-time low levels, but tended to rise throughout the month and into February.

Looking ahead, experts believe that interest rates will rise further in 2021, but modestly. Factors that could influence the rates include how quickly COVID-19 vaccines are distributed and when lawmakers can agree on another cost-effective relief package. More vaccinations and government stimulus could lead to improved economic conditions, which would increase rates.

Although mortgage rates are likely to rise this year, experts say the increase will not happen overnight and it will not be a dramatic jump. Rates are expected to stay near their historically low levels throughout the first half of the year, rising slightly later in the year. Even with rates rising, this 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 took swift action when the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020. The Fed announced plans to move money through the economy by lowering the Federal Fund’s short-term interest rate between 0% and 0.25%, which is as low as they go. The central bank has also committed to buying mortgage-backed securities and treasury bills, thereby supporting the housing finance market. The Fed has reaffirmed its commitment to these policies for the foreseeable future on several occasions, most recently at a policy meeting in late January.
  • The 10-year Treasury note. Mortgage rates move at the same pace as the yields on 10-year government treasury bills. Yields fell below 1% for the first time in March 2020 and have slowly risen since then. Currently, yields have hovered above 1% year-to-date, pushing interest rates up slightly. On average, there is typically a 1.8 point “spread” between Treasury yields and benchmark mortgage rates.
  • The economy in the broad sense. Unemployment rates and changes in gross domestic product are important indicators of the overall health of the economy. When employment and GDP growth are low, it means the economy is weak, which can lower interest rates. Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment levels hit historic highs early last year and have yet to recover. GDP has also been affected, and although it has rebounded somewhat, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possible

There is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates takes a bit of 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 that can lower your credit score. The borrowers with the highest credit scores will get the best rates, so it’s essential to check your credit report before you begin the home search process. Taking action 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 means how much of the home’s price the lender has to finance. A lower LTV usually results in 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 purchase of the house.

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 is offering the lowest interest rate. Also consider the different types of lenders, such as credit unions and online lenders, in addition to traditional banks.

Also take the time to learn about the different types of loans. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of 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 rate than a conventional 30-year mortgage. Compare everyone’s costs to see which one best suits your needs and financial situation. Government loans – such as those backed by the Federal Housing Authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the 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 lender will help ensure that your mortgage rate doesn’t increase until the loan closes.

Our mortgage rate methodology

Money’s Daily Mortgage Rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders in the United States for which the most recent rates are available. Today we are posting the rates for Friday August 6, 2021. Our rates reflect what a typical borrower with a credit score of 700 can expect to pay on a home loan right now. These rates were offered to people with a 20% deposit and include reduction points.

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