Mortgage refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate tapered off.
The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance dropped, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed ticked up. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, climbed higher.
Refinancing rates are constantly changing, but they remain low by historical standards. If you’re in the market to refinance, it could make sense to go ahead and lock if you see a rate you like.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.58 percent, down 6 basis points compared with a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.87 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $453.52 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $3.38 lower, 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 3.21 percent, up 5 basis point over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $695 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 come out thousands of dollars ahead 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 loan is 3.31 percent, up 1 basis point over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.31 percent would cost $979.52 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. As you can see, the substantial savings in interest costs you’ll reap with that short 10-year term comes with the downside of a much larger monthly payment.
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||3.58%||3.64%||-0.06|
|15-year fixed refi||3.21%||3.16%||+0.05|
|10-year fixed refi||3.31%||3.30%||+0.01|
Rates as of May 4, 2020.
Want to see where rates are right now? See refinance rates for a variety of loan options here.
|Loan Type||Purchase Rates||Refinance Rates|
|The chart above links out to loan-specific content to help you learn more about rates by product type.|
|30-Year Loan||30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates||30-Year Refinance Interest Rates|
|20-Year Loan||20-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||20-Year Refinance Rates|
|15-Year Loan||Today’s 15-Year Mortgage Rates||15-Year Refinance Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||10-Year Refi Interest Rates|
|FHA Loan||FHA Mortgage Interest Rates||Current FHA Loan Refinance Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Loan Interest Rates||VA Refinance Loan Rates|
|ARM Loan||ARM Interest Rates||Current ARM Refinance Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Current Jumbo Mortgage Rates||Jumbo Mortgage Refinance Rates|
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.
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