15-Year Refinance Rates

Current state of 15-year refinance rates

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, the federal government has cut interest rates. These cuts affect various types of mortgages differently, and have also driven a spike in demand, putting pressure on lenders and their staff. As a result, at times, you may see higher rates, or no rates, on our site. Learn more about the coronavirus’ impact on mortgage rates.

Today's 15-Year Refinance Rates

The table below brings together a comprehensive national survey of mortgage lenders to help you know what are the most competitive 15 year refinance interest rates. This interest rate table is updated daily to give you the most current rates when choosing a 15 year refinance home loan.

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 3.570% 3.790%
20-Year Fixed Rate 3.440% 3.680%
15-Year Fixed Rate 2.880% 3.150%
10/1 ARM Rate 3.510% 3.820%
7/1 ARM Rate 3.320% 3.810%
5/1 ARM Rate 3.270% 3.900%
30-Year VA Rate 3.280% 3.340%
30-Year FHA Rate 3.310% 3.580%
30-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate 3.700% 3.760%
15-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate 2.970% 3.010%
7/1 ARM Jumbo Rate 3.230% 3.690%
5/1 ARM Jumbo Rate 3.060% 3.630%

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What is a 15-year fixed-rate refinance loan?

Refinancing to a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage can save you money over the long term in two ways. Lenders charge lower interest rates on shorter-term mortgages, reflecting their lower level of risk in extending the loan compared with a typical 30-year loan. Also, since you’re borrowing the money for half as long, you’ll often save tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the mortgage.

However, with a 15-year loan, you’ll have a higher monthly payment. If you can afford the larger payments, refinancing to a 15-year loan can help you reach homeownership sooner while saving a bundle on interest.

Current 15 Year Refinance Rates

Refinancing rates continually fluctuate, but for now they are still within a historically low range. Since mortgage experts don’t expect interest rates to drop significantly from current levels, it could be a good time for homeowners to refinance.

You can use Bankrate’s rate tool to find personalized rates and calculate your monthly payment using this mortgage calculator.

When to consider a 15-year refinance

If you currently have a 30-year mortgage and have room in your budget for a higher mortgage payment, refinancing to a 15-year fixed-rate loan can make good financial sense. You’ll have the stability of knowing that the monthly payment won’t change, while getting the benefit of a lower interest rate. Plus, you’ll pay off your home faster, freeing up money for other financial goals like retirement savings. Keep in mind that you need to show the lender that you have enough income to cover a higher payment in order to qualify for the new loan.

On the other hand, if your main goal is to achieve the lowest possible payment, you could refinance to a 20- or 30-year mortgage. While starting fresh with a new long-term mortgage isn’t always the best move, it is an option if you need to trim monthly expenses — for example, if you are worried you could lose your job or need to boost cash flow.

Pros and cons of a 15-year mortgage refinance

Advantages of a 15-year mortgage refinance:

  • You’ll fully own your home sooner.
  • You’ll save a lot on interest, especially if rates have fallen since you bought the home.
  • A larger portion of your monthly payments will go toward the loan principal rather than interest.

Disadvantages of a 15-year mortgage refinance:

  • Higher monthly payment due to the shorter repayment period.
  • The opportunity cost of tying up money in home equity instead of other financial goals.
  • The potential loss of mortgage interest tax breaks due to paying less interest.

Not sure whether to commit to the higher monthly payments? You can mimic the effect of refinancing to a 15-year loan by simply making extra payments on your existing 30-year loan. You’ll pay less interest and shorten the time to pay off while still keeping some wiggle room: should a financial emergency arise, you can revert to your original, lower payment amount for that month, or as long as you need to, without incurring any penalties.

Deciding between a 15-year refi and increasing payments on your existing loan? You can use Bankrate’s additional mortgage payment calculator to see exactly how extra payments shorten your time to pay off and how much you shave off interest costs.

Is it the right time to refinance to a 15-year loan?

A variety of factors could motivate your decision to refinance to a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. If your income has increased since you got your 30-year mortgage, you might want to speed the timeline to owning your home in full. Or, if interest rates have dropped since you bought your home, you might want to refinance to reduce the total amount of interest that you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

If you’ve set your sights on home renovations or repairs are in your plans, a cash-out refinancing to a 15-year loan can provide a way to tap the home equity you’ve built up. While you certainly shouldn’t treat your home equity like an ATM, cash-out refis are a lower-cost form of debt compared with higher-rate credit cards or unsecured loans, particularly when you choose a 15-year repayment term. It’s prudent to keep the amount of the new mortgage low enough that you can comfortably afford a 15-year term rather than starting over with another 30-year mortgage.

When to refinance into a 15-year fixed-rate loan from an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM)

Say you chose an ARM when you purchased your home, perhaps because you didn’t plan to stay in the home for long or you needed a low monthly payment. Priorities can change over time, though. Refinancing to a 15-year fixed-rate loan from your current adjustable-rate mortgage could provide you with stability, predictability and significant savings.

For example, with a 5/1 ARM, the interest rate would reset after five years. That means if the market rate rises, your interest rate and monthly payment would also rise. Since most experts don’t expect mortgage rates to drop significantly from current levels, it could be a good time to refinance to a fixed-rate loan, eliminating the uncertainty and the risk of a rate increase. Choosing a 15-year repayment period would also lower your interest costs and shorten the time to full homeownership.

How much can you potentially save by refinancing?

Refinancing comes with closing costs, just like original mortgages. Closing costs vary, but they can be 2 to 5 percent of the loan amount. On a $100,000 refi, closing costs of 3 percent would be $3,000, a significant chunk of change.

You should try to negotiate with the lender to see if the fees can be lowered. The lender may offer to let you fold the closing costs into the loan, so you don’t have to come up with the cash upfront. But that means you’ll also be paying interest on the extra amount. Instead, ask whether the lender would be willing to waive part of the closing costs, such as the application fee or credit check fee. Particularly if you are a repeat customer, you might be able to work out a better deal.

Since the goal of refinancing is saving money, you’ll want to calculate how long it will take you to break even on the closing costs and start realizing actual savings. Bankrate’s refinance calculator helps you quickly figure how long it will take to recoup closing costs so you can decide if the refinancing is worthwhile.

How to find the best fixed-rate refinancing loan

As with any financial product, you don’t want to take the first refinancing deal you’re offered. Each lender sets its own interest rates and fees, so you’ll want to shop around to find the best deal before refinancing. You can quickly compare rates from many lenders with Bankrate’s refinancing interest rate table. The table is updated frequently, so you can easily search for the best 15-year fixed rate loan available for your situation when refinancing your mortgage.

Learn more about specific loan type rates
Loan Type Purchase Rates Refinance Rates
The table above links out to loan-specific content to help you learn more about rates by loan type.
30-Year Loan 30-Year Mortgage Rates 30-Year Refinance Rates
20-Year Loan 20-Year Mortgage Rates 20-Year Refinance Rates
15-Year Loan 15-Year Mortgage Rates 15-Year Refinance Rates
10-Year Loan 10-Year Mortgage Rates 10-Year Refinance Rates
FHA Loan FHA Mortgage Rates FHA Refinance Rates
VA Loan VA Mortgage Rates VA Refinance Rates
ARM Loan ARM Mortgage Rates ARM Refinance Rates
Jumbo Loan Jumbo Mortgage Rates Jumbo Refinance Rates

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