Mortgage Interest Rates

The New Year gives a lot of hope to those who are interested in applying or refinancing a mortgage loan. With interest rates fallen on an average by 0.8% from last year, this is the best opportunity to think about mortgaging your house.

The comparative rate last year was 7%, which now has been reduced to 6.2- 6.5 %. A survey conducted in the second week of January shows that the average interest rate for a 15-year fixed loan is 5.98% whereas that of the 30-year jumbo loans is 6.47%. This indicates that there has been little or no increase in the rates during the past one year, and it is well below the average of the past twenty years, that is 8%. However, the market experts predict a slight increase in the interest rates in the current year. For a 30-year fixed rate loan, it is likely to reach about 6.7%.

The interest rate for the 30-year FRM has not been affected by the Federal Reserve short-term interest rate. Over the past five years, the interest rate for the 30-year FRM has remained below 6.5 percent. When the Federal Reserve increased the interest rate in last June, the mortgage rate had reached at 6.93%. But later in the meetings held by the Federal rate-setting committee in August and later in September, October and December it was decided that the rates would not be increased, paving the way to the present scenario.

The adjustable rate loan rates also show a tendency to fall down. As is seen from the comparison, the rates for the adjustable loans have also fallen in the past one year, though not very significantly. For a 30-year loan, with a fixed interest rate for one year, the average rate was 5.97% in the second week of January, where as that for a fixed interest rate period of five years was 6.17%.

There is an assumption that the Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) rates are going to be revised in 2007, and the monthly mortgage payments of ARM borrowers are likely to increase. The households that can afford the heavy monthly payments shall only opt for a fresh ARM. Having a perception that the Federal Reserve will lower the short-term interest rates in the future, adjustable rate mortgage may be a better option. However, considering the upward trend of the interest rate of the short-term loans, your mortgage debt may end up to be a nightmare for you.

In the present scenario, debtors are trying to get out of the ARM as much as possible. This is the best time for refinancing your loan in order to avail a better interest rate for a fixed-interest rate plan.

For those planning to buy a house, the interest rates may not be a prime concern; to an extent, the market value of the property is the deciding factor for them. But for those who think about refinancing the mortgage, this may be a better chance, and keeping a close watch on the interest rates will help them to pay off their mortgage loan in a smart way.

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