Here’s What Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates Are (Oct. 29)
Mortgage rates remain at rock-bottom levels amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The average mortgage rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.81%, the average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.32% and the average rate on a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is 2.88%. That’s as of October 29, 2020 and according to mortgage loan company Freddie Mac, which updates the average rates weekly.
For context, one year ago, average rates were a single percentage point higher: 3.75% on a 30-year FRM, 3.18% on a 15-year FRM and 3.40% on a 5/1 ARM. Two years ago, in November 2018, the average rates were 4.94% (30-year FRM), 4.33% (15-year FRM) and 4.14% (5/1 ARM).
One or two percentage points may not sound like a lot, but it can actually make a huge difference on your monthly mortgage payment. Let’s run the numbers.
Say you buy a $300,000 home and land a 2.8% interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The total cost of your mortgage, including principal and interest, would be $443,766 and your monthly payment would be $1,233.
If your rate is 3.8%, just 1% more, your monthly payment increases to $1,398 and the total cost of your mortgage will be $503,234. That’s a $60,000 difference!
A 4.8% rate will cost you even more: About $1,547 a month, and your mortgage will end up costing a total of $566,639 — a $122,873 difference!
Run the math for different scenarios using an amortization schedule calculator.
The bottom line: Now is an excellent time to consider buying a home. Or, if you’re already a homeowner, consider refinancing your mortgage to lower your monthly payment and potentially pay down your mortgage sooner.
Now is the time to act. The No. 1 mistake I see people make when refinancing their mortgages is waiting. Don’t put it off in hopes that rates will go lower. Mortgage rates shift daily and can be affected by a variety of factors. Because companies have been warning that the Covid-19 pandemic will hurt their earnings, the Federal Reserve has kept rates down. But that won’t last forever.
If you’re currently renting and convinced that now may be the right time for homeownership, great! Learn more with me: I partnered with Money.com to create The First-Time Homebuyer Challenge, which is a free, video-based course designed to help you learn the five critical steps of the home-buying process.
If you’re still on the fence about buying, it doesn’t hurt to complete the challenge and be better prepared to buy when the time is right for you. Your first home may be closer than you think!
See average mortgage rates from previous weeks: