Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate dropped.
The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance tapered off, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed saw an increase. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, cruised higher.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.59 percent, down 8 basis points over the last seven days. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 4.77 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $512.05 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $4.79 lower, compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to get a handle on what your monthly payments would be 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 3.93 percent, up 2 basis points from a week ago.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $733 per $100,000 borrowed. That may put more pressure on your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage would, 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 3.96 percent, up 6 basis points over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.96 percent would cost $1,007.71 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. As you can see, the hefty 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? See local mortgage rates.
|30-year fixed refi||4.59%||-0.08||4.67%|
|15-year fixed refi||3.93%||+0.02||3.91%|
|10-year fixed refi||3.96%||+0.06||3.90%|
Last updated December 17, 2018.
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