Several closely watched mortgage refinance rates decreased today.
The national averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both dropped. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also were down.
Refinancing rates 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.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.33 percent, down 14 basis points since the same time last week. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.62 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $439.61 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $7.76 lower, compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments and see what the effects of making extra payments would be. 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 2.82 percent, down 13 basis points over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $681 per $100,000 borrowed. That may put more pressure on your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage 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 more rapidly.
10-year fixed refinance
The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 2.86 percent, down 7 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 2.86 percent would cost $962.38 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s a lot more than the monthly payment on even a 15-year refinance, but in return you’ll pay even less in interest 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? Lenders nationwide respond to Bankrateâ€™s weekday mortgage rates survey to bring you the most current rates available. Here you can see the latest marketplace average rates for a wide variety of purchase loans:
|30-year fixed refi||3.33%||3.47%||-0.14|
|15-year fixed refi||2.82%||2.95%||-0.13|
|10-year fixed refi||2.86%||2.93%||-0.07|
Rates as of June 26, 2020.
Want to see where rates are right now? See refinance rates for a variety of loan options here.
When to lock a mortgage refinance rate
When you lock in a refinance rate, you freeze the rate your lender offers you for a specific period of time. A rate lock will secure that rate between the time you apply for the refinance and when you close on it.
What influences mortgage refinance rates
Mortgage rates are influenced by a range of economic factors, from inflation to unemployment numbers. Typically, higher inflation means higher interest rates and vice versa. As inflation rises, the dollar loses value, which in turn drives off investors for mortgage-backed securities, causing the prices to fall and yields to climb. When yields climb, rates get more expensive for borrowers.
A strong economy usually means more people buying homes, which drives demand for mortgages. This increased demand can push rates higher. The opposite is also true; less demand can trigger a drop in rates.
What are current mortgage refinance rates?
The current mortgage rate environment has been unstable because of the coronavirus pandemic, but generally rates have been low. Mortgage rates can rise and fall from week to week, but rates are consistently below 4 percent and even dipping into the mid to low 3s. This is an especially good time for people with good to excellent credit to lock in a low rate for a purchase loan. However, lenders are also raising credit standards for borrowers and demanding higher down payments as they try to dampen their risks.
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.”
|Loan Type||Purchase Rates||Refinance Rates|
|The index above links out to loan-specific content to help you learn more about rates by mortgage type.|
|30-Year Loan||Today’s 30-Year Mortgage Rates||Current 30 Year Refinance Rates|
|20-Year Loan||20-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||20-Year Mortgage Refinance Rates|
|15-Year Loan||15-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||Current 15-Year Refinance Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||10-Year Mortgage Refinance Rates|
|FHA Loan||FHA Mortgage Rates||Current FHA Loan Refinance Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Mortgage Rates||VA Refi Interest Rates|
|ARM Loan||Adjustable Rate Mortgage Rates||ARM Refinance Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Current Jumbo Mortgage Rates||Jumbo Loan Refinance Rates|