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A 20-year fixed mortgage is a mortgage that is repaid over a term of 20 years at a fixed interest rate. It usually has a lower interest rate than a 30-year fixed mortgage –– up to one percentage point –– but higher than a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.
The shorter loan term means borrowers can build equity faster and save a substantial amount of money on interest.
Fixed 20-year mortgage rates come with higher payments than those of 30-year terms, which can make it harder to qualify for and buy a house. However, they’re not as high as you think. Because you’re skipping 10 years of interest payments, monthly payments tend to only be around 14% more than on a 30-year loan.
There are two ways to look at how a 20-year home interest rate is determined. One is personal factors you can control, like your credit score. The other is external factors beyond your control, like what the Federal Reserve Board sets the federal funds rate at. Either way, many things can impact the 20-year fixed mortgage rate you’re quoted.
Personal factors that affect 20-year fixed mortgage rates today include:
- Credit scores
- Home location
- Home price
- Loan amount
- Down payment
- Loan term
- Interest rate type
- Loan type
External factors that affect 20-year fixed mortgage rates include:
- Federal Reserve monetary policy
- Economic crisis
- World events
- Bond prices
Average 20-year fixed mortgage rates today vary quite a bit. To find the most current 20-year mortgage rates, you’ll want to take a look at what different lenders offer. Our mortgage comparison page allows you to compare offers from different lenders to find the best 20-year mortgage rates for you.
The lowest housing interest rates go to those that present the least amount of risk to the lender. If you have a high credit score, sufficient income, minimal debts, or a large down payment, you have a great chance of securing one of the best 20-year mortgage rates.
You also want to shop around for 20-year mortgage interest rates at several lenders. Fees, rates, and terms can vary, even among the best mortgage lenders.
To summarize the pros and cons, you’re looking at large savings on interest costs and a faster way to build up equity with 20-year fixed mortgage rates. However, these loans can come with a higher monthly payment that can be challenging to keep up with.
- Build equity faster: A 20-year mortgage builds equity much faster than a 30-year mortgage because of the higher payment and shorter term.
- Lower interest rate: Shorter mortgage terms typically come with lower interest rates than longer mortgage terms.
- Pay it off faster: A 20-year mortgage is paid off 10 years sooner than a 30-year mortgage.
- Higher monthly payment: A shorter mortgage term means a higher monthly payment.
- Harder to qualify: A 20-year mortgage comes with a higher monthly payment, making it a little harder to qualify for.
- Lower price point required: Because your monthly payment is higher, you’ll qualify at a lower price point, which can be hard for homebuyers looking for an upgraded home.
When it comes to 20-year mortgages vs. 30-year mortgages, there are a few trade-offs.
For a 20-year mortgage, you’ll usually pay a lower interest rate than you would on a 30-year mortgage. You’ll also pay much less in interest over the life of the loan, not just because you have a lower interest rate, but because you’re paying interest over 20 years instead of 30 years.
The savings on 10 years of interest is substantial. The trade-off is the monthly payment on a 20-year mortgage is much higher than a 30-year mortgage.
A 30-year mortgage, on the other hand, has a lower monthly payment. The interest costs are much higher, but if you need flexibility in your monthly costs, a 30-year mortgage may make more sense for you.
You may want to consider a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage in these scenarios:
- When you want to build equity faster: Getting a 20-year mortgage helps homeowners build equity more quickly than going with a 30-year mortgage. If you’re comfortable putting more of your money toward a monthly payment, you’ll want to look closely at a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage.
- When you have extra monthly income: A 20-year mortgage results in a higher monthly payment. You’ll have less disposable income each month, but you’ll save tons of money over the life of the loan.
- When you’re refinancing a home: Refinancing to a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage can help you pay off your home faster. You might also want to consider a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.
- When you want to stay in the home for the long term: A 20-year interest rate makes more sense for buyers who plan to stay in the home for the long term. The extra money you’re putting toward a 20-year mortgage every month represents a large investment in the home.
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