Several key mortgage refinance rates decreased today.
Average rates nationwide for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both tapered off. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, also ticked downward.
Refinancing rates change daily, but they remain low by historical standards. If you’re in the market to refinance, it could make sense to lock if you see a rate you like.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.18 percent, down 1 basis point compared with a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.26 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $431.37 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That represents a decline of $0.55 over what it would have been last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to figure out 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 2.68 percent, down 6 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $674 per $100,000 borrowed. That’s obviously much higher than the monthly payment would be on a 30-year mortgage at that rate, 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 2.70 percent, down 7 basis points over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 2.70 percent would cost $955.03 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. If you can manage that big 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? 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||3.18%||3.19%||-0.01|
|15-year fixed refi||2.68%||2.74%||-0.06|
|10-year fixed refi||2.70%||2.77%||-0.07|
Rates as of August 5, 2020.
Want to see where rates are right now? See refinance rates for a variety of loan options here.
How to decide whether to lock in your rate
A rate lock allows you to freeze the interest rate your lender extends to you for a specified period of time. Between the time you apply for a mortgage refinance and close on it, the rate lock will protect you from rising rates.
What causes mortgage rates to change
Economic factors such as inflation and unemployment can impact refinance rates. Generally, higher inflation leads to higher interest rates. The opposite is true; lower inflation typically leads to lower refinance rates. The dollar loses value when inflation rises. That, in turn, drives investors away from mortgage-backed securities (MBS), causing the prices to decrease and yields to increase. When yields move higher, refinance rates get more expensive.
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.
Current refinance rate landscape
The current mortgage rate environment has been unstable because of the coronavirus pandemic, but generally rates have been low. Mortgage rates are rising and falling from week to week, as lenders are inundated with forbearance and refinance requests. In general, however, 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 table above links out to loan-specific pagesto help our readers learn more about rates by mortgage type.|
|30-Year Loan||30-Year Mortgage Rates||30-Year Refinance Interest Rates|
|20-Year Loan||20-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates||20-Year Refinance Interest Rates|
|15-Year Loan||15 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates||15-Year Refinance Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||Current 10-Year Refinance Rates|
|FHA Loan||FHA Loan Interest Rates||Current FHA Loan Refinance Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Mortgage Rates||VA Refinance Rates|
|ARM Loan||ARM Loan Rates||ARM Refinance Interest Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Jumbo Loan Interest Rates||Jumbo Refinance Rates|