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Today’s mortgage and refinance rates are low overall, although fixed rates are significantly lower than adjustable rates. It could be a good day to lock in a historically low rate.

Mortgage rates shouldn’t drastically increase until employment and inflation in the US start to steadily improve. Marvin Loh, Senior Global Macro Strategist at State Street, told Insider that rates should stay low until late summer or even fall.

So if you aren’t ready to buy or refinance yet, you have a little more time to take advantage of low interest rates.

How mortgage rates work

A mortgage interest rate is the fee a lender charges for borrowing money, expressed as a percentage. For example, you get a mortgage for $300,000 with an interest rate of 2.5%.

Mortgage rates can be either fixed or adjustable. A fixed-rate mortgage keeps your rate the same for the entire length of your loan. An adjustable-rate mortgage locks in your rate for the first few years or so, then changes it periodically. With a 7/1 ARM, your rate would stay steady for the first seven years, then shift annually.

The longer your mortgage term, the higher your rate will be. For instance, you’ll pay more on a 30-year mortgage than a 15-year mortgage. Longer terms do come with lower monthly payments, though, because you’re spreading out the repayment process.

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates
Today’s mortgage rates

Mortgage type
Average rate today

15-year fixed
2.43%

30-year fixed
3.33%

7/1 ARM
4.09%

10/1 ARM
4.11%

30-year FHA
2.63%

VA mortgage loan
2.74%

Conventional rates from Money.com; government-backed rates from RedVentures.

Today’s refinance rates

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Mortgage type
Average rate today

15-year fixed
2.64%

30-year fixed
3.73%

7/1 ARM
4.2%

10/1 ARM
4.43%

30-year FHA
2.65%

VA mortgage loan
2.76%

Conventional rates from Money.com; government-backed rates from RedVentures.

How to get the best mortgage rate

Here are a few steps you can take to get the best mortgage rate possible:

Get a fixed-rate mortgage. You can ask your specific lender about its fixed rates vs. adjustable rates. But in general, fixed rates are starting lower than adjustable ones. Rates are also at all-time lows, so you would lock in a low rate instead of risking an increase later with an ARM.

Look at your finances. The stronger your financial situation, the lower your mortgage rate should be. Look for ways to boost your credit score or lower your debt-to-income ratio, if necessary. Saving for a higher down payment also helps.

Choose the right lender. Each lender charges different mortgage rates. Picking the right one for your financial situation will help you land a good rate.

How to choose a mortgage lender

First, think about what type of mortgage you want. The best mortgage lender will be different for an FHA mortgage than for a VA mortgage.

A lender should be relatively affordable. You shouldn’t need a super high credit score or down payment to get a loan. You also want it to offer good rates and charge reasonable fees.

Once you’re ready to start shopping for …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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