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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.679
4.625
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,575
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.873
4.750
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $3,911
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Mortgage Direct
First Mortgage Direct
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300000
Refinance
4.783
4.625
USD
First Mortgage Direct Logo
NMLS # 244476
State Lic # MC-5877
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,442
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.562
4.460
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,512.93
Fees in APR: $3,271
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.687
4.625
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,869
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.580
4.490
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,518.27
Fees in APR: $2,858
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.679
4.575
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,533.45
Fees in APR: $3,315
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.694
4.490
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,518.27
Fees in APR: $4,043
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.795
4.625
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,847
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.848
4.750
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $3,059
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.760
4.750
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $362
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Mortgage Direct
First Mortgage Direct
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
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NMLS # 244476
State Lic # MC-5877
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.035
5.000
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,203
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
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300000
Refinance
4.685
4.685
USD
Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC Logo
NMLS # 1023
State Lic # MC-5814
(877) 330-6018
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,553.21
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.654
4.625
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $995
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.642
4.615
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,540.62
Fees in APR: $951
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Republic Bank
Republic Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.752
4.750
USD
Republic Bank Logo
NMLS # 402606
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $83
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.125
5.125
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from JG Wentworth Home Lending
JG Wentworth Home Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
JG Wentworth Home Lending Logo
NMLS # 2925
State Lic # MC-1875
(877) 210-3816
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.655
4.615
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,540.62
Fees in APR: $1,379
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.785
4.625
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,199
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.547
4.375
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $2,700
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.565
4.375
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $3,332
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
9.563
9.125
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $7,996
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.444
4.240
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,474.06
Fees in APR: $3,872
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union
4.683%
11/12/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.075
5.000
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
5.075%
11/16/2018
5.000%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.858
4.750
USD
Bank of America
4.858%
11/14/2018
4.750%
at 0.811 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.280
5.250
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
5.280%
11/13/2018
5.250%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,656.61
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.099
5.000
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union
5.099%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.789
4.750
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.789%
11/16/2018
4.750%
at 0.125 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
5.184
5.125
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
5.184%
11/16/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
5.048
4.990
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
5.048%
11/15/2018
4.990%
at 0.377 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,608.63
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.093
5.000
USD
Virginia Credit Union
5.093%
11/13/2018
5.000%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.069
5.000
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
5.069%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 0.750 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.907
4.875
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.907%
11/13/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
5.029
5.000
USD
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
5.029%
11/14/2018
5.000%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $999
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.163
5.125
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
5.163%
11/13/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 

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Mortgage rates increased again this week to the highest level this year. We expected mortgage rates to increase because the Federal Reserve increased the fed funds rate by 25 basis points last week. Mortgage rates today on 30 year conforming loans are currently at 4.57 percent.

The fed funds rate was increased on September 27th to a level of 2.00 percent to 2.25 percent. Since the increase happened a few days ago, we believe the 0.25 percent increase isn’t fully reflected in current mortgage rates. Average 30 year rates will move towards 4.65 to 4.75 percent in the coming weeks.

While the average 30 year rate is at 4.57 percent, there are lenders offering rates lower than Mortgage Rates Increase as Fed Tightensaverage. The lowest rates in our database with no points are around 4.375 percent, about 20 basis points lower than the average. If you’re willing to pay points, you can get an ever lower rate.

Lenders Offer Lower Mortgage Rates

Garden State Home Loans is currently quoting 30 year refinance rates with .10 points at 4.125 percent. GSHL’s rate is almost .50 percent lower than the current average rate. Getting a quarter point lower mortgage for one tenth point is a great deal.

Average 15 year conforming rates also shot higher this week. The current average 15 year rate is at 3.93 percent, up 10 basis points from the prior week’s average rate of 3.83 percent. We expect average 15 year rates to move above 4.00 percent in the coming weeks.

Right now, the best 15 year mortgage rate in our database is much lower than the average rate. The lowest current rate offered by Sebonic is at 3.24 percent with 1.10 mortgage points. The lowest rate without points is at 3.75 percent, still below the average rate.

Unfortunately, the days of getting the lowest mortgage rates are over. Rates will continue to move higher for the rest of this year and in 2019. Although rates are off  of their all-time lows, historically speaking, current rates are still good. Go back a decade and average 30 year rates were above 5.00 percent. If you go back even further to the early 1980s, the highest average 30 year rate was above 17 percent.

 
Author: Brian McKay
October 3rd, 2018

Conforming mortgage rates jumped this week on strong job growth and consumer credit growth. Average 30 year mortgage rates are at the highest point in over a month, currently averaging 4.50 percent. Last week, average 30 year rates were averaging 4.41 percent.

The Federal Reserve reported that consumer credit for the month of July nearly doubled to 5.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. For the month of June, consumer credit only increased 2.6 percent. The August employment report showed the U.S. added 201,000 jobs in August. Estimates were for the creation of 191,000 jobs.

All of this good news sent bond yields higher, which in turn sent mortgage rates higher. Although mortgage rates increased this year, rates are not much higher than the 2018 lows. At the beginning of 2018, average 30 year rates were at 3.99 percent, about 50 basis points lower than current levels.

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Conforming 15 year mortgage rates today are at 3.80 percent. A week ago, average 15 year rates were at 3.72 percent. Back in January, average 15 year rates were at 3.45 percent, only 25 basis points lower than the current rate.

30 year jumbo mortgage rates are currently averaging 4.53 percent, up from the prior week’s average 30 year rate of 4.46 percent. Jumbo mortgage rates are also higher this year but the increases have been smaller than conforming rates. The lowest point for 30 year jumbo rates this year was during the first quarter when rates were at 4.24 percent, only .22 basis points from the current rate.

Current mortgage rates on 15 year jumbo loans are averaging 4.45 percent. This is up from last week’s average rate of 4.41 percent. The lowest average 15 year rate in 2018 was in January when rates were at 4.18 percent. Mortgage rates are expected to continue to increase because the Federal Reserve is increasing the fed funds rate. A higher fed funds rate leads to higher bond yields which force lenders to increase mortgage rates.

 
Author: Brian McKay
September 14th, 2018

Mortgage rates plummeted the past day because of the Turkish currency crisis. How can a currency crisis in another country cause U.S. mortgage rates to move lower you ask? The answer to that question is U.S. Treasuries.

The Turkish Lira fell by more than 18 percent against the U.S. Dollar on Friday to an all-time low, causing investors to seek the safety of U.S. Treasuries. As investors buy Treasuries, prices move higher and yields move lower. The decline in yields forced mortgage rates lower because lenders set mortgage rates based on 10 year Treasury yields.

Mortgage Rates Plummet Because of Turkish Currency CrisisAverage 30 year mortgage rates were at 4.59 percent on Friday morning. As of Saturday morning, 30 year mortgage rates were down 18 basis points or .18 percent, averaging 4.41 percent. The single day decline of almost 4 percent is the largest move lower this year.

The sharp decline in mortgage rates is a positive development because mortgage rates have been moving higher all year long. At the beginning of 2018, average 30 year mortgage rates were just under 4.00 percent.

Mortgage rates are moving higher this year because the Federal Reserve has been increasing the fed funds rate, which has forced Treasury yields higher. 10 year Treasury yields started 2018 at 2.46 percent and hit a 2018 high of 3.00 percent on August 1st. Yields closed at 2.87 percent on Friday.

Mortgage Rates Plummet

In addition to 30 year rates falling sharply, conforming 15 year rates and jumbo mortgage rates are also lower. Current mortgage rates on 15 year conforming loans are averaging 3.80 percent, down from an average rate of 3.95 percent on Friday.

Mortgage rates today on 30 year jumbo loans are currently averaging 4.53 percent, a decline from an average rate of 4.56 percent. 15 year jumbo mortgage rates are averaging 4.45 percent, down from an average rate of 4.57 percent on Friday.

 
Author: Brian McKay
August 14th, 2018

Mortgage rates decline again this week after heading higher for most of the past 6 months. Average 30 year conforming mortgage rates declined to 4.45 percent, down from the previous week’s average rate of 4.53 percent. Mortgage rates hit a 2018 high earlier in June but have fallen three out of the past four weeks.

Although average 30 year mortgage rates are higher this year, the overall increase has only been around 0.50 percent. Historically speaking, 30 year rates in the 4.00 percent range is still low. If you look back a dozen years, 30 year rates were in the 6.00 percent to 7.00 percent range. Looking back even farther, 30 year rates were in the 17 percent range in the early 1980s.

The Federal Reserve has been tightening monetary policy, aka, increasing interest rates. The Fed is widely expected to increase their key bench-mark rate, the fed funds rate, at least two more times this year. Two more increases will put the fed funds rate in a range of 2.50 percent to 2.75 percent.

As the Fed increases rates, U.S. Treasury yields move higher and as a result, lenders increase rates on mortgage loans. If the Fed raises rates a couple of more times this year, it’s possible that 30 year conforming rates will hit 5.00 percent by the end of 2018.

Mortgage Rates Decline This Week

Mortgage Rates Decline This Week Conforming 15 year mortgage rates declined to 3.89 percent, down from last week’s average 15 year rate of 3.96 percent. 15 year rates are also higher so far this year, moving up about 0.51 percent from the 2018 low of 3.38 percent set in early January.

5 year adjustable mortgage rates are averaging 4.17 percent, 5 year adjustable mortgage rates decline from the previous week’s average rate of 4.18 percent. Average 5 year adjustable rates are up 0.72 percent this year. Shorter term adjustable rates increased more this year than long term rates. This is because short term Treasury Yields have increased more this year than long term yields.

30 year jumbo mortgage rates are averaging 4.61 percent, down from the prior week’s average rate of 4.66 percent. Since the start of 2018, average 30 year jumbo rates increased 0.57 basis points from 4.08 percent.

Current mortgage rates on 15 year jumbo loans are averaging 4.52 percent. This is a decline from last week’s average 15 year jumbo rate of 4.58 percent. So far this year, 15 year jumbo rates are up 0.56 basis points from the low of 3.96 percent in early January.

5 year jumbo adjustable mortgage rates are averaging 4.25 percent, down from an average rate of 4.31 percent last week. 5 year jumbo rates are up 0.81 percent from the January low of 3.44 percent.

You can search for and compare lenders’ mortgage rates and refinance rates in your state by using our rate tables at Mortgage Rates Today.

 
Author: Brian McKay
June 25th, 2018

Higher mortgage rates in 2018, combined with a low number of homes available for sale across the U.S., are hurting buyers. Mortgage rates are higher this year because economic growth has been robust, the unemployment rate has declined, and the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates.

Last year, 30 year mortgage rates were under 4.00 percent for most of the year and finished the year just under 4.00 percent. So far this year, average 30 year mortgage rates increased about 50 basis points. The current average 30 year mortgage rate is at 4.42 percent.

Higher Mortgage Rates Hurt BuyersAlthough mortgage rates are higher this year, rates are not much higher than the all-time lows. Back in 2012, average 30 year rates hit a low of 3.37 percent, about 1.00 percent lower than the current level. Looking back over the past 40 years, these rates are still incredibly low.

About a dozen years ago, just before the Financial Crisis, 30 year rates were around 7.00 percent. Going back to the early 1980s, average 30 year rates were in the double digits hitting an all-time high of 18.45 percent during October 1981. Source: Freddie Mac.

Higher Mortgage Rates Affect Buyers

An increase in mortgage rates does have an affect on how much homebuyers can afford. As mortgage rates move higher, monthly mortgage payments also move higher. For example, on a 30 year mortgage, a 1.00 percent increase in mortgage rates will increase monthly mortgage payments by $55.82 for each $100,000 borrowed.

The monthly payment on a $500,000 mortgage loan with a 30 year rate of 3.50 percent is $2,245.22. The same $500,000 borrowed for 30 years at 4.50 percent will mean a monthly payment of $2,533.43. As you can see on a $500,000 loan, a 1 percent increase in the rate will cost $300 more per month.

You can use our mortgage calculator to calculate mortgage payments: Mortgage Calculator

Mortgage rates will continue to move higher this year because the Fed is increasing the fed funds rate. These increases will send U.S. Treasury yields higher, which in turn will send mortgage rates higher. We expect 30 year mortgage rates to increase to around 5.00 percent by the end of the year.

If you’re in the market to buy a home you should lock in a mortgage rate if you haven’t already. Many lenders also allow you to extended a lock in period as well. You will pay a fee for an extension but you will probably still save money with a lower mortgage rate.

 
Author: Brian McKay
May 14th, 2018