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If you've been watching mortgage rates recently, we have news for you.
Across the board, many major mortgage rates increased today. The average interest rate for both 15 year fixed and 30 year fixed mortgages increased by several points.
For over 2 months, mortgage rates have stayed below 3% and it was predicted that that trend would continue into September.
Today, however, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan is 3.263%, up for the second day in a row. The rate for a 15-year loan, however, jumped down to 2.362%
Rates for other loan types changed as well. The biggest change occurring with the 10/1 adjustable-rate mortgage, which increased by .712%
Take what John Lanz, VP of Training and Development at Lower, says about why we typically see rates rise and fall:
"To oversimplify: rates rise when times are good and fall when times are bad. The federal government will use its tools to keep rates low when it feels the economy needs a boost, and raise interest rates when prices are rising quickly.
Rates are expected to rise in the short-term and medium-term because the economy is showing signs of recovery, and new demand is causing increases to consumer prices. Rates are rising today as the market believes the federal government will raise its benchmark rates sooner than previously announced."
For example, in March we saw rates climb significantly as COVID-19 vaccines were introduced and many were optimistic that the pandemic would soon be under control. However, mortgage rates dropped from April to July with an increase in Covid cases, not unlike we're seeing today.
Although rates are slightly higher today, borrowers can still find and qualify for very attractive rates for either a home purchase or mortgage refinance.
The following rates represent what we’re seeing in the industry. Compare those to the Lower rate table below.
Now let's take a moment to compare those rates with the rate you could get at Lower.
With Lower’s Rate Lock program, if interest rates happen to go up during the period when your rate is locked, you get to keep your lower rate, giving you peace of mind and keeping your payments the same. At Lower, you can lock in your rate up to 60 days for both your home purchase mortgage or a refinance. Lower also forgoes any fees for locking in your rate and all you need to do is provide the documents needed for underwriting.
Other mortgage lenders only allow you to lock in your rate for 30 days for a mortgage or 45 days for a refinance. Many lenders also charge rate lock fees—on top of which, if your loan doesn’t close within the lock period, there are additional fees for extending it, even if it’s due to third-party complications, like getting an appraisal.
Nobody wants to get caught up in that.
It's still an excellent time to lock into a fixed mortgage rate but, as always, be sure to think about your personal goals in financial circumstances before buying or refinancing a home.
As rates may continue to increase throughout September, now is the right time to lock in current rates before they climb even higher.
Compare the best mortgage rates at Lower.com and speak with an expert loan advisor today to see which loan option would be the best for you.
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