Today's Mortgage Rates -- April 8, 2021: Rates Come Down

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Here's an overview of today's mortgage rates. Are you ready to apply for a home loan?

Today's mortgage rates are down from yesterday. Here's what they look like on April 8, 2021:

Mortgage Type Today's Interest Rate
30-year fixed mortgage 3.291%
20-year fixed mortgage 2.987%
15-year fixed mortgage 2.547%
5/1 ARM 2.934%

Data source: The Ascent's national mortgage interest rate tracking.

30-year mortgage rates

The average 30-year mortgage rate today is 3.291%, down 0.014% from yesterday. At today's rate, you'll pay principal and interest of $437.00 for every $100,000 you borrow. That doesn't include added expenses like property taxes and homeowners insurance premiums.

20-year mortgage rates

The average 20-year mortgage rate today is 2.987%, down 0.003% from yesterday. At today's rate, you'll pay principal and interest of $554.00 for every $100,000 you borrow. Though your monthly payment will go up by $117.00 with a 20-year, $100,000 loan versus a 30-year loan of the same amount, you'll save $24,468.00 in interest over the course of your repayment period for every $100,000 you borrow.

15-year mortgage rates

The average 15-year mortgage rate today is 2.547%, down 0.012% from yesterday. At today's rate, you'll pay principal and interest of $669.00 for every $100,000 you borrow. Compared to the 30-year loan, your monthly payment will be $232.00 higher per $100,000 in mortgage principal. Your interest savings, however, will amount to $37,032.00 over the life of your repayment period per $100,000 of mortgage debt.

5/1 ARMs

The average 5/1 ARM rate is 2.934%, down 0.029% from yesterday. With a 5/1 ARM, your initial rate is good for five years. From there, it will adjust once annually, either upward or downward, depending on market conditions. There's risk involved in getting an adjustable-rate mortgage, but you can also save money by going this route. A 5/1 ARM could be a good choice if you're buying a starter home, because if you move and get a new mortgage before those first five years are up, you won't have to worry about a rising interest rate.

Should I lock in my mortgage rate now?

A mortgage rate lock guarantees you a specific interest rate for a certain period of time -- usually 30 days, but you may be able to secure your rate for up to 60 days. You'll generally pay a fee to lock in your mortgage rate, but that way, you're protected if rates climb between now and when you close on your home loan.

If you plan to close on your home within the next 30 days, then it pays to lock in your mortgage rate based on today's rates -- especially since they're still pretty low. But if your closing is more than 30 days away, you may want to choose a floating rate lock instead for what will usually be a higher fee, but one that could save you money in the long run. A floating rate lock lets you secure a lower rate on your loan if rates fall before you close on your mortgage, and while today's rates are still pretty attractive, we don't know if rates will go up or down over the next few months. As such, it pays to:

  • LOCK if closing in 7 days
  • LOCK if closing in 15 days
  • LOCK if closing in 30 days
  • FLOAT if closing in 45 days
  • FLOAT if closing in 60 days

Today's mortgage rates are pretty competitive despite a recent uptick. If you're looking to buy a home, shop around for a mortgage with different lenders rather than settle for the first offer you're presented with. Each lender sets its own interest rate and closing costs, so comparing your choices could help you lock in a loan that results in more savings in the course of paying off your home.

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