What is a 30-year fixed mortgage?

A 30-year fixed mortgage is a loan whose interest rate stays the same for the duration of the loan.

For example, on a 30-year mortgage of $300,000 with an interest rate of 5.75%, the monthly payments would be about $2,357.39. So, the interest rate of 5.75% stays the same for the life of the loan.

Who should get 30-year fixed mortgages?

People who don't like surprises and those who desire a predictable, fixed deduction from their monthly budget are well-suited for 30-year fixed mortgages.

It's also attractive to people who plan to stay in the house for more than 5-7 years and desire a mortgage payment spread out over many years so it's more affordable.