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15-Year Mortgage Rates
15-year rates are tied to mortgage backed securities (MBS) which are a type of bond and provide a safe haven for investors when the stock market is volatile. The 10-year note affect 15 year conventional mortgage rates. When investors purchase these bonds, they are essentially creating the funds needed to lend money to homebuyers.
What are 15-year fixed-rate mortgages?
15-year mortgage rates change daily and are based on market conditions such as stock market and bond market. They are typically .25% to .5% lower than 30-year fixed rate mortgage but have a higher payment than a 30 year amortized loan since it is a shorter term mortgage.
Who should consider a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage?
Homebuyers that plan on living in their home long-term and have the ability to afford a more aggressive monthly payment should always consider a 15 year fixed mortgage as this will insure less money wasted towards interest and faster timeframe to own their home free and clear.
Top 15 Year Mortgage Questions
What are the credit score requirements for 15-year mortgages?
Borrowers applying for a 15 year fixed conventional mortgage will need a minimum of 620 middle credit score.
What is the maximum debt-to-income ratio for 15-year mortgages?
The maximum debt to income ratio (DTI) for a 15 year mortgage will vary based on credit score and amount of reserve the homebuyer has available. The standard DTI is 45% of gross monthly income. However, with excellent credit score and high reserves the borrower may be able to qualify for as high as 55% debt to income ratio.
What is the minimum downpayment for 15-year mortgages?
For primary home purchase on a conventional 15 year mortgages, the homebuyer will need a minimum of 3% down-payment if they are a first time homebuyer or 5% down payment if they are not a first time homebuyer. If they plan on buying as a vacation home, they will need 10% down-payment and if they are buying a home as a rental then they will need a minimum of 20% down-payment.
What if I have some derogatory events on my credit report?
Most everyone has a had a few dings on their credit at some point. To qualify for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, you must meet the following requirements:
- No bankruptcies in the last 4 years
- No short sales in the last 4 years
- No foreclosures in the last 7 years (4 years if it was included in bankruptcy)
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