Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate passed 4% for the first time since 2019, according to Freddie Mac data. Rates are expected to continue to increase throughout 2022, meaning those who are thinking about buying or refinancing may want to get started sooner rather than later. But only if they feel ready to do so.
“For homebuyers, it’s definitely not a time to panic or make any rushed decisions, but the sooner in the process you start tracking your overall mortgage costs and how they might change with the market, the better,” says Robert Heck, vice president of mortgage at Morty. “The crisis in Ukraine has introduced more uncertainty and inflation remains persistent, but those looking at purchasing a home should consider their overall financial situation and evaluate their home buying needs beyond short-term interest rate movements.”
It’s also important to keep in mind that, while rates are increasing, they’re still relatively low historically and are comparable to prepandemic levels.
Mortgage rates today
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Use our free mortgage calculator to see how today’s interest rates will affect your monthly payments.
Your estimated monthly payment
- Paying a 25% higher down payment would save you $8,916.08 on interest charges
- Lowering the interest rate by 1% would save you $51,562.03
- Paying an additional $500 each month would reduce the loan length by 146 months
By clicking on “More details,” you’ll also see how much you’ll pay over the entire length of your mortgage, including how much goes toward the principal vs. interest.
Will mortgage rates go up in 2022?
To help the US economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the
was aggressively buying assets, including mortgage-backed securities. This helped keep mortgage rates at historic lows.
Average mortgage rates have ticked up recently, and the Fed’s announcements indicate that mortgage rates will probably continue to gradually increase in 2022. You may want to lock in a rate now instead of risk a higher rate later, but don’t rush to buy a home if you aren’t ready.
What is a fixed-rate mortgage vs. adjustable-rate mortgage?
Historically, adjustable mortgage rates tend to be lower than 30-year fixed rates. When mortgage rates go up, ARMs can start to look like the better deal — but it depends on your situation.
Because adjustable rates start low, they are worthwhile options if you plan on selling your home before the interest rate changes. For instance, if you get a 7/1 ARM and want to move before the seven year fixed-rate period is up, you won’t risk paying a higher rate later.
But if you want to buy a forever home, a fixed rate could still be a better fit. Fixed rates are still relatively low, and you won’t chance your rate increasing in a few years.