Mortgage refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate floated higher.
The average rate nationwide for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance climbed, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed decreased. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis sunk lower.
Rates for refinancing are in a constant state of flux, 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 3.65 percent, up 3 basis points over the last seven days. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.74 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $457.46 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s an extra $1.69 compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to get a handle on what your monthly payments would be and find out 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 average rate for a 15-year fixed refi is 3.13 percent, down 12 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $692 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 save thousands of dollars 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 3.34 percent, down 2 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.34 percent would cost $982.31 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||3.65%||3.62%||+0.03|
|15-year fixed refi||3.13%||3.25%||-0.12|
|10-year fixed refi||3.34%||3.36%||-0.02|
Rates as of May 12, 2020.
Want to see where rates are right now? See refinance rates for a variety of loan options here.
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.”
|Product||Purchase Rates||Refinance Rates|
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|30-Year Loan||Current 30 Year Mortgage Rates||30-Year Mortgage Refinance Rates|
|20-Year Loan||20-Year Mortgage Rates||20-Year Refi Rates|
|15-Year Loan||Current 15 Year Mortgage Rates||15-Year Refi Interest Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Interest Rates||10-Year Refi Interest Rates|
|FHA Loan||FHA Mortgage Loan Rates||FHA Mortgage Refi Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Mortgage Interest Rates||VA Refi Interest Rates|
|ARM Loan||ARM Mortgage Rates||ARM Refi Mortage Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Jumbo Mortgage Rates||Jumbo Loan Refinance Rates|