Mortgage rates for Thursday, July 21

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Mortgage rates mostly fell today. The average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages dipped, the average rate on 15-year mortgages fell and the average rate on 5/1 ARMs rose.

Rates on mortgages change daily, but overall, they are at near record lows. If you’re in the market to purchase or refinance, it’s a great time to lock in a rate.

30-year fixed mortgages

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.4%, down 10 basis points from a week ago.

At the current average rate, you’ll pay about $443 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow.

You can use this mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments and see the effect of adding extra payments.

It will also help you calculate how much interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

Last updated: 7/20/2016

15-year fixed mortgages

The average 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.66%, down 1 basis point from a week ago.

Keep in mind that shorter-term loans like 15-years come with a trade-off: You’ll pay more per month, but you’ll also save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

For example, monthly payments on a 2.66%, 15-year loan would cost around $674 for every $100,000 borrowed.

Over a 15-year term, the total interest payments would be around $21,383. That’s about $38,270 less than what you’d pay in interest with a 30-year loan at today’s rate.

5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages

The average 5/1 ARM is 2.91%, up 4 basis points from a week ago.

These types of loans are best for those who expect to sell or refinance before the first or second adjustment. Rates could be substantially higher when the loan first adjusts.

Monthly payments on a 5/1 ARM at 2.91% would cost about $417 per month for the initial 5 years. With rate caps of 2/2/5, monthly payments could balloon to $728 per $100,000 at the final adjustment.

FHA loans for condos

The U.S. senate passed a bill last week that could help borrowers use FHA loans to finance a condo.

FHA guidelines currently require that at least half the units in a condo complex be occupied by their owners. The new law would lower that to 35%, giving more borrowers the opportunity to buy in any given complex.

Where rates are headed

According to Bankrate’s Rate Trend Index, 18% of the panelists think mortgage rates will increase over the next week or so, 36% think rates will fall and 46% think rates will remain the same.

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You will see these rates listed on Bankrate site averages; these calculations are run after the close of the business day. Included there are rates and/or yields we have collected on the previous day for a specific banking product.


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