Compare today's 3-year ARM rates
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Trends and insights
NerdWallet’s mortgage rate insight
On Sunday, November 12th, 2023, the average APR on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 7.622%. The average APR on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 6.755% and the average APR for a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) remained at 8.110%, according to rates provided to NerdWallet by Zillow. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 17 basis points higher than one week ago and 105 basis points higher than one year ago.
A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent. Rates are expressed as annual percentage rate, or APR.
Current mortgage and refinance rates
|30-year fixed-rate FHA||6.686%||7.544%|
|30-year fixed-rate VA||6.576%||6.984%|
What is a 3-year ARM?
A 3-year ARM is an adjustable-rate mortgage with an interest rate that stays the same for the first three years. After three years are up, the interest rate can change periodically with the broader market.
A 3-year ARM typically begins with a lower introductory rate than a fixed-rate loan. After the three years are over, the rate can adjust up or down every six months. The rate adjustments are based on a benchmark index, which in most cases is the secured overnight financing rate, or SOFR. The benchmark rate tends to rise when the economy is strong and fall when the economy weakens.
Different lenders may refer to the 3-year ARM by different names. It's sometimes called the 3/6 ARM, where the "3" refers to the starting fixed-rate period in years, and the "6" refers to how often in months the rate is adjusted afterward. It's sometimes called the 3y/6m or 3yr/6mo ARM. It used to be called the 3/1 ARM because it was adjusted annually before regulatory changes were made.
3-year ARM rates
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When to consider a 3-year ARM
A 3-year ARM makes sense if you expect to refinance your mortgage or sell your house before the introductory rate expires. You may be able to qualify for a larger loan because of the ARM's low introductory rate. Keep in mind that the interest rate and monthly payment could climb substantially if the index rate rises anytime after the first three years are up.
It might be harder to find a lender that offers a 3-year ARM than to find lenders that offer 5-year ARMs.
Index: The benchmark rate that, when added to the margin, yields each six-month period's interest rate. Most ARMs use the 30-day average secured overnight financing rate, or SOFR, which reflects market conditions.
Margin: A number of percentage points that the lender adds to the index to arrive at the interest rate that you'll pay during a six-month period. For example, an index rate of 5% plus a margin of 2.75 percentage points would mean your interest rate would be 7.75%.
Rate cap: The maximum amount your loan’s interest rate can go up or down the first time it adjusts and each time thereafter.
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About the author: Holden is NerdWallet's authority on mortgages and real estate. He has reported on mortgages since 2001, winning multiple awards.
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