A Closer Look: The 30-year mortgage

The average interest rate on a 30-year mortgage is now 5.35 percent. That’s over two percentage points higher than at the beginning of 2022. These higher interest rates will undoubtedly change the home-buying scene as people weigh the costs of borrowing. But one constant is that the majority of new mortgages are of the 30-year fixed variety. Ever wonder why?