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Refinance rates move lower for Thursday

By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Posted: 12 pm ET

Multiple benchmark refinance rates sunk lower today.

The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance declined, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed saw an increase. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis fell.

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30-year fixed refinance

The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.14 percent, down 5 basis points over the last seven days. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was lower, at 4.08 percent.

At the current average rate, you'll pay $485.52 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That's lower by $2.91 than it would have been last week.

You can use Bankrate's mortgage calculator to figure out your monthly payments and find out how much you'll save by adding extra payments. It will also help you calculate how much interest you'll pay over the life of the loan.

15-year fixed refinance

The 15-year fixed refi average rate is now 3.31 percent, up 1 basis point since the same time last week.

Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $705 per $100,000 borrowed. Yes, that payment is much bigger than it would be on a 30-year mortgage, but it comes with some big advantages: You'll save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan in total interest paid and build equity much more quickly.

10-year fixed refinance

The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.17 percent, down 1 basis points over the last week.

Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.17 percent would cost $973.47 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. That hefty monthly payment comes with the benefit of paying even less interest over the life of the loan than you would with a 15-year term.

Where rates are headed

To see where Bankrate's panel of experts expect rates to go from here, check out our Rate Trend Index.

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Average mortgage rates
Product Rate Change Last week
30-year fixed refi 4.14% 0.05 4.19%
15-year fixed refi 3.31% 0.01 3.30%
10-year fixed refi 3.17% 0.01 3.18%
Last updated March 16, 2017.

Methodology: The rates you see above are Bankrate.com Site Averages. These calculations are run after the close of the previous business day and include rates and/or yields we have collected that day for a specific banking product. Bankrate.com site averages tend to be volatile -- they help consumers see the movement of rates day to day. The institutions included in the "Bankrate.com Site Average" tables will be different from one day to the next, depending on which institutions' rates we gather on a particular day for presentation on the site.

To learn more about the different rate averages Bankrate publishes, see "Understanding Bankrate's Rate Averages."

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