4.40 vs. 3.55: The Difference a Year Makes in Interest Rates

by Shilpi Paul


One year ago, the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.55 percent. On Thursday morning, Freddie Mac reported 4.40 percent with a 0.7 point as the average. So, how would the difference impact your mortgage payments?

Using this $839,000, three-bedroom rowhouse in Kent, we took a look at the difference in monthly payments, based on the today’s interest rates as compared to last year’s.

Let’s assume that in each case, the homeowner puts down 20 percent and takes out a loan for the remaining $671,200.

Here are the two interest rate scenarios.

August 2012: The average mortgage rate was 3.55 percent.

Monthly Mortgage Payment: $3,032
Total Outlay on Mortgage (Payment x 360 months): $1,091,520

August 2013: The average mortgage rate is 4.40 percent.

Monthly Mortgage Payment: $3,361
Total Outlay (Payment x 360 months): $1,209,960

So, the difference between a rate of 3.55 percent and 4.40 percent is about $329 a month or $118,440 over the life of the loan.

Here’s a look at the path of rates since January 2010:


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  1. lowratesaregreat said at 4:38 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    Yes 30 year fixed rates have jumped, but most DC buyers are transient and don’t stay forever. A 5 ot 7 year ARM with 0 points is still in the low to mid 3’s (as a Jumbo conforming loan).

    Yes Buyers should be concerned, but they are not yet priced out fo the market

  1. JB said at 5:20 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    I got a 5 year arm in December for 2%.  So even comparing a 5/7 year arm there is a big difference….

  1. JLB said at 8:56 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    The bottom line is that home prices have to go down when interest rates go up. Availability of low rate ARMs isn’t going to change this basic economic fact.  It’s already visible in the month/month data.  Most of the press about price increases has been looking at year/year data, which doesn’t account for the impact of recently rising rates on prices.

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