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The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell four basis points, the rate for the 15-year declined four basis points and the 5/1 ARM was unchanged, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published Friday by national lenders. The average rate on the 30-year fixed is four basis points higher than one week ago. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent.
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A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is a home loan that maintains the same interest rate and monthly payment over the 30-year loan period. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage because it provides the security of a fixed payment and the flexibility to afford a larger mortgage loan.
With a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, you’ll pay the same amount every month no matter what happens to interest rates or inflation. You’ll likely get a sizable tax deduction for the interest you pay, especially in the early years of the loan, when most of your payments go toward interest. However, if you don’t plan to stay put for several years, or if you want a lower rate, a 15-year mortgage or an adjustable rate mortgage may be a better home loan for you.