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Refinance mortgage rate ratchet higher for Tuesday

By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted: 9 am ET

Several benchmark refinance rates rose today.

The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance floated higher, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed remained steady. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, climbed.

Rates for refinancing are constantly changing, but they continue to represent a bargain compared to rates before the Great Recession. If you're in the market to refinance, it may make sense to lock if you see a rate you like.

Compare refinancing rates in your area now.

30-year fixed refinance

The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.92 percent, up 1 basis point over the last week. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was lower, at 3.83 percent.

At the current average rate, you'll pay $472.81 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That's an extra $0.57 compared with last week.

You can use Bankrate's mortgage calculator to figure out your monthly payments and see 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 3.14 percent, unchanged from a week ago.

Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $696 per $100,000 borrowed. The bigger payment may be a little harder to find room for in your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage payment would, 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 faster.

10-year fixed refinance

The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 3.07 percent, up 5 basis points over the last week.

Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.07 percent would cost $966.53 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. If you can manage that hefty monthly payment, you'll enjoy even more interest cost savings 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.

Want to see where rates are right now? See local mortgage rates.

Average mortgage rates
Product Rate Change Last week
30-year fixed refi 3.92% 0.01 3.91%
15-year fixed refi 3.14% -- N/C 3.14%
10-year fixed refi 3.07% 0.05 3.02%
Last updated May 15, 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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