Mortgage rates have experienced some
The 30-year fixed rate briefly surged above 5% earlier this week. Now, it has fallen back to just under 5%.
High interest rates coupled with high home prices have strained affordability for many buyers. This dynamic is already starting to have a cooling effect on the housing market. In April, new home sales fell to their slowest pace since April 2020, when few people bought homes due to pandemic-related shutdowns.
But Ralph DiBugnara, president of Home Qualified and senior vice president of Cardinal Financial, said buyers in trouble now may find some relief at the end of the buying season as overpriced homes have dropped to market prices.
“I do believe that by the end of the summer, two factors will help them,” DiBugnara said. “Prices will start to fall slightly, but there will be less competition for these homes. That will reduce the likelihood of bidding wars and give home buyers a chance to accept their offers at a reasonable price.”
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30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rate
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is currently 5.1%, according to Freddie Mac. It was the second week in a row that the rate fell, although it was still nearly 2% above the average rate through 2021 of 3.11%.
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of home loan. With this type of mortgage, you will pay back over 30 years of borrowing and your interest rate will not change over the life of the loan.
A term of up to 30 years allows you to spread your payments over a long period of time, which means you can keep your monthly payments low and more manageable. The trade-off is that you’ll get a higher rate than a short-term or adjustable rate.
15 Year Fixed Mortgage Rate
The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.31%, down from the previous week, according to Freddie Mac. This was the third consecutive week of declines in the ratio.
If you want the predictability that comes with a fixed rate, but want to reduce your interest expense over the life of the loan, a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage may be right for you. Because of these shorter terms and lower interest rates than 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, you could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars in interest. However, you will get a higher monthly payment than you would pay in the long term.
5/1 Adjustable Mortgage Rate
The average 5/1 adjustable mortgage rate is 4.2%. That rate continued to edge up as fixed rates have been slowing.
Adjustable-rate mortgages can be very attractive to borrowers when interest rates are higher, as these mortgages typically carry lower rates than fixed mortgages. 5/1 ARM is a 30-year mortgage. For the first five years, you will enjoy a fixed interest rate. After that, your rate will be adjusted annually. If the rate is higher when your rate is adjusted, your monthly payment will be higher than the amount you started with.
If you’re considering an ARM, make sure you understand how much your interest rate is likely to rise with each adjustment, and how much it will eventually increase over the life of the loan.
Will Mortgage Rates Rise in 2022?
To help the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic,
US Federal Reserve
Actively purchase assets, including mortgage-backed securities. This has helped keep mortgage rates at historic lows.
However, the Fed is now planning to reduce its holdings and is expected to raise the federal funds rate five more times in 2022, following hikes in March and May.
Average mortgage rates have risen recently, and Federal Reserve announcements suggest that mortgage rates may continue to rise in 2022. You may want to lock in rates now rather than risk higher rates later, but don’t rush into buying a home you’re not ready for.
What is a Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage?
Historically, adjustable mortgage rates have tended to be lower than 30-year fixed rates. When mortgage rates rise, ARMs may start to look like a better deal — but it depends on your situation.
A fixed-rate mortgage locks in your interest rate for the entire life of your loan. An adjustable rate mortgage locks in your interest rate for the first few years, and then your rate rises or falls periodically.
Since adjustable rates start low, they are a worthwhile option if you plan to sell your home before rates change. For example, if you get a 7/1 ARM and want to move before the seven-year fixed-rate period ends, you won’t risk paying a higher rate.
But if you’re looking to buy a permanent home, a fixed rate is still more appropriate, as you won’t have the chance to increase your rate for a few years.