Several benchmark mortgage refinance rates slid lower today.
The national averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both decreased. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also fell.
Refinancing rates are in a constant state of flux, but they continue to represent a bargain compared to rates before the Great Recession. If you’re in the market to refinance, it may be a great time to lock in a rate.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.07 percent, down 3 basis points compared with a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.27 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $425.39 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $1.63 lower, compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments 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 for a 15-year refi is currently running at 2.52 percent, down 1 basis points from a week ago.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $669 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 rapidly.
10-year fixed refinance
The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 2.59 percent, down 2 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 2.59 percent would cost $947.71 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||3.07%||3.10%||-0.03|
|15-year fixed refi||2.52%||2.53%||-0.01|
|10-year fixed refi||2.59%||2.61%||-0.02|
Rates as of September 15, 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.
Why do refinance rates rise and fall?
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.
What are current mortgage refinance rates?
Refinance rates have been volatile since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the U.S. economy, but overall they have been very 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.”