Conventional mortgage rates

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Mortgage rate trends (APR)

NerdWallet's mortgage rate insight
4.88%
30-year fixed

The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged, the rate on the 15-year fixed was unchanged and the rate on the 5/1 ARM rose one basis point, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published Thursday by national lenders. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent. The average rate on the 30-year fixed is 10 basis points higher than one week ago.

Mortgage rates today (APR)

Loan typeAverage
rate
Change
1 day
Change
1 year
30-year fixed4.88%
0.0%
0.87%
15-year fixed4.38%
0.0%
0.96%
5/1 ARM4.98%
0.01%
1.1%
Data source: NerdWallet Mortgage Rate Index

Conventional Mortgage Rates

Shopping for a home loan usually means comparing interest rates on conventional mortgages, the most common mortgage issued. This NerdWallet mortgage rate tool provides you with real-time conventional-mortgage interest rates, based on just a small bit of information you provide.

What are the differences between a conventional mortgage and other mortgage types?

Conventional mortgages are loans that are not sponsored by the federal government — such as the government-backed loans administered by the FHA, VA and USDA. It gets a bit confusing though because conventional loans are enabled by the market-making powers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They sound like government agencies but are actually private companies authorized as government-sponsored enterprises.

Too complicated? Try this: Conventional loans are mainstream mortgages made to typical, creditworthy borrowers. Government-backed loans help low- to moderate-income buyers, military-connected borrowers and residents in rural communities.

When should I pursue a conventional mortgage vs. another mortgage type?

If you have decent credit, at least a small down payment and some cash saved up for closing costs and moving expenses, a conventional mortgage is probably your best bet. Lenders like making conventional mortgages because they most easily fit their business models — with automated underwriting and assembly-line approval systems.

And today’s conventional mortgages offer low down payments (as little as 3%) and the easiest-to-shop mortgage rates (because every lender does conventional loans; not so with government-backed mortgages).

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