Mortgage refinance rates today, April 17, 2020 | Rates slide

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Several benchmark mortgage refinance rates fell today.

The national averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both declined. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also slid lower.

Rates for refinancing 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 make sense to lock if you see a rate you like.

Compare refinancing rates in your area now.

30-year fixed refinance

The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.68 percent, down 14 basis points from a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 4.17 percent.

At the current average rate, you’ll pay $459.15 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s a decline of $7.95 from last week.

You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to figure out your monthly payments and see the effect of 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 3.18 percent, down 15 basis points over the last week.

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 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 3.35 percent, down 6 basis points from a week ago.

Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.35 percent would cost $984.65 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. That substantial monthly payment comes with the benefit of paying even less interest over the life of the loan 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 Bankrate’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:

Average mortgage refinance rates
Product Rate Last week Change
30-year fixed refi 3.68% 3.82% -0.14
15-year fixed refi 3.18% 3.33% -0.15
10-year fixed refi 3.35% 3.41% -0.06

Rates as of April 16, 2020.

Want to see where rates are right now? See refinance rates for a variety of loan options here.

See rates for a variety of loan types
Loan term Purchase Rates Refinance Rates
The table above links out to loan-specific content to help our readers learn more about rates by loan type.
30-Year Loan 30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates 30-Year Refinance Rates
20-Year Loan 20-Year Mortgage Rates 20-Year Refi Rates
15-Year Loan 15-Year Mortgage Rates 15-Year Refi Interest Rates
10-Year Loan 10-Year Mortgage Rates Current 10-Year Refinance Rates
FHA Loan FHA Mortgage Interest Rates FHA Refinance Rates
VA Loan VA Loan Interest Rates VA Refi Interest Rates
ARM Loan ARM Loan Rates ARM Refi Mortage Rates
Jumbo Loan Jumbo Mortgage Rates Jumbo Loan 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.

To learn more about the different rate averages Bankrate publishes, see “Understanding Bankrate’s Rate Averages.”