It’s a money-saving time to be a home buyer. Historically, mortgage rates of all types — conventional, FHA, VA and USDA — have never been lower and low mortgage rates make for low monthly payments.
According to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.67% nationwide last week for borrowers willing to pay 0.7 discount points at closing, plus a full set of closing costs. 0.7 discount points is a one-time closing cost equal to 0.7 percent of your loan size, or $700 per $100,000 borrowed.
Today’s mortgage rates are a bargain as compared to just 1 year ago.
In early-June 2011, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage nationwide was higher by 88 basis points, or 0.88%. If you are among the many U.S. homeowners who bought or refinanced a home around that time, refinancing to today’s mortgage rates could save you 10% or more on your payment.
Home buyers have measurably more buying power, too.
Here is how mortgage payments on a typical 30-year fixed rate mortgage have changed in 12 months :
- June 2011 : $509.66 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
- June 2012 : $458.59 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
Setting the math to a real-life example, a homeowner whose $350,000, 30-year fixed rate mortgage dates to last June would recognize monthly savings of at least $179 per month just by refinancing into a new 30-year fixed rate mortgage at today’s current levels. That’s more than $2,145 in payment savings per year.
Even after accounting for the required loan discount points and closing costs, the “break-even point” on a refinance like that can come quickly.
Mortgage rates have been dropping but there’s no promise they’ll fall forever. Once rates reverse higher, they’re expected to rise sharply. Therefore, if you’re planning to buy a home or refinance one , consider locking in a mortgage rate while mortgage rates are low.
The market looks good for that today.