On Sunday, January 17, 2021, according to Bankrate’s latest survey of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, the average 30-year VA refinance rate is 2.850% with an APR of 3.090%. The average 30-year VA loan rate is 3.130% with an APR of 3.400%.
The table below brings together a comprehensive national survey of mortgage lenders to help you know what the most competitive VA refinance loan rates are. This interest rate table is updated daily to give you the most current rates when choosing a VA refinance loan.
|30-Year Fixed Rate||2.930%||3.150%|
|30-Year Fixed-Rate VA||2.850%||3.090%|
|20-Year Fixed Rate||2.870%||3.140%|
|15-Year Fixed Rate||2.420%||2.650%|
|30-Year Fixed-Rate FHA||2.560%||3.430%|
|30-Year Fixed-Rate Jumbo||2.960%||3.030%|
|15-Year Fixed-Rate Jumbo||2.430%||2.490%|
|7/1 ARM Jumbo||3.070%||3.960%|
|5/1 ARM Jumbo||3.050%||4.020%|
Rates as of Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:30 AM
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Lenders nationwide provide weekday mortgage rates to our comprehensive national survey to bring you the most current rates available. Here you can see the latest marketplace average rates for a wide variety of refinance loans. The interest rate table below is updated daily to give you the most current refinance rates when choosing a home loan. APRs and rates are based on no existing relationship or automatic payments. For these averages, the customer profile includes a 740 FICO score and a single-family residence. To learn more, see understanding Bankrate rate averages.
The low interest rate environment may make VA refinance programs even more beneficial for military and veteran homeowners and their families.
VA refinances had an average interest rate of 2.85 percent and APR of 3.31 percent for a 30-year refinance as of mid-December 2020, according to Bankrate’s comprehensive national survey of mortgage lenders, and rates have only gone lower since then. Check out our latest mortgage rate trends survey to see where rates are headed.
Like VA home loans, which are backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA refinance programs are valuable benefits for those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. These programs enable veterans and current service members to refinance into a new mortgage when borrowing from VA-approved lenders.
VA refinances fall into two buckets:
These mortgage loans allow homeowners with a current VA loan to refinance into a more affordable mortgage. True to its name, this program has little paperwork and typically has no out-of-pocket costs at the time of closing. VA streamline refinance rates are the mortgage rates for what are known as Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRLs). They are called “streamline” because the lending approval process is simplified to reduce paperwork and fees, and to save time for borrowers who already have a VA mortgage.
These mortgage loans are available to qualified service members, veterans or spouses who currently have conventional loans, FHA loans, USDA loans or VA loans. With a VA cash-out refinance, you can refinance your current mortgage — regardless of whether it's a VA loan or a conventional loan— and get cash by borrowing against the equity you’ve built up in the home. That allows qualified borrowers to get cash that can be put toward other expenses including debts, education costs or home improvements. How much cash you can get depends on how much equity you have in your home, among other factors. All VA refinance loans that aren’t IRRRLs are considered cash-out loans, regardless of whether borrowers actually increase their principal balance.
If you’re considering a VA loan refinance, the benefits generally include:
The drawbacks, however, include:
To be eligible for an IRRRL refinance loan, you need to have an existing VA loan for the property and meet the following requirements:
For a VA cash-out refinance, the requirements are different:
The current low-rate environment makes it a good time to consider refinancing through a VA program, especially if your current rate is high.
You might use an IRRRL if you want to:
A VA-backed cash-out refinance may be right if you want to:
Warning: When considering whether to refinance, be wary of any unsolicited VA loan refinancing offers that sound too good to be true. The VA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have warned about advertisements for VA refinancing that promise extremely low interest rates or the ability to skip payments, that are actually scams targeting veterans and service members.
You may be able to get a VA refinance without paying anything out-of-pocket at closing time. That doesn’t mean the refi is fee-free, but you can typically roll associated costs into the new loan, either through increasing the loan amount or receiving a slightly higher APR.
With (IRRRLs), you won’t have any appraisal or underwriting fees. You’ll also save money since a VA refinance doesn't require mortgage insurance. VA cash-out refis do require underwriting and appraisals, however.
You will pay a VA funding fee for both IRRRLs and VA cash-out refis. The fee is meant to reduce the burden on taxpayers of providing low-cost loans to veterans and service members. Veterans with service-related disabilities and their spouses may be exempt from the funding fee.
When refinancing from a fixed-rate VA loan, your new interest rate must be at least 50 basis points less than the original rate, to comply with the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018. If you refinance from a fixed-rate to an adjustable-rate loan, the new loan must be at least 200 basis points less.
Before deciding to refinance, do the math to make sure your savings over the life of the loan (or how long you plan to keep the house) outweigh the costs of refinancing. To estimate your new monthly payment, you can plug your new interest rate into the Bankrate Mortgage Calculator. To see whether it’s worthwhile, divide your estimated closing costs by the amount you expect to save each month. That will give you the number of months before you break even and start to rack up savings.
The VA doesn’t lend money directly, so whether you choose to refinance with an IRRRL or a VA cash-out refinance, you’ll need to work with a VA-approved lender.
Learn about the lender’s business practices. Look them up online and be wary of excessive complaints or other red flags. You can search the CFPB complaint database and the database from the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) to verify.
You don’t need to provide your COE for an IRRRL, but you do need to provide one for a VA cash-out refinance. You can find your COE through the VA eBenefits portal.
For a VA cash-out refinance, in addition to a COE, you’ll typically need these items for the underwriting process:
For a VA cash-out refinance, the lender is likely to order a home appraisal. In this process, an appraiser will assess your home to determine its market value.
In addition to standard closing costs for a cash-out refinance, both a cash-out refi and an IRRRL require the borrower to pay a VA funding fee, which is 0.5 percent for an IRRRL and 2.3 percent for a first-time cash-out refi and 3.6 percent for subsequent uses.
Each VA-approved bank, credit union or mortgage lender sets its own requirements, interest rates, terms and fees for VA-backed loans. To find the best deal, be sure to shop around (the VA encourages this) among different lenders and compare terms to get the best deal. You can enter your ZIP code, loan amount and other details in our refinancing tool to quickly compare offerings from a wide range of lenders and narrow down a list of the most favorable lenders for your VA refinancing.
Interest rates of VA mortgage loans are typically lower than those of conventional or FHA loans. The best rate you can get will depend primarily on the lender involved, your personal financial situation and your credit score. Your best VA refinance rate will be the one with the lowest rate and fees. VA refinance rates fluctuate, so when you price shop — and whether you’re willing to wait to pounce on a low rate — is a big factor in how good a deal you’ll be able to get. As always, compare rate quotes from multiple lenders.
|Loan Type||Purchase Rates||Refinance Rates|
|The table above links out to loan-specific content to help you learn more about rates by loan type.|
|30-Year Loan||30-Year Mortgage Rates||30-Year Refinance Rates|
|20-Year Loan||20-Year Mortgage Rates||20-Year Refinance Rates|
|15-Year Loan||15-Year Mortgage Rates||15-Year Refinance Rates|
|10-Year Loan||10-Year Mortgage Rates||10-Year Refinance Rates|
|FHA Loan||FHA Mortgage Rates||FHA Refinance Rates|
|30-Year FHA Loan||30-Year FHA Loan Rates||30-Year FHA Refinance Rates|
|VA Loan||VA Mortgage Rates||VA Refinance Rates|
|ARM Loan||ARM Mortgage Rates||ARM Refinance Rates|
|5/1 ARM||5/1 ARM Rates||5/1 Refinance Rates|
|7/1 ARM||7/1 ARM Rates||7/1 Refinance Rates|
|10/1 ARM||10/1 ARM Rates||10/1 Refinance Rates|
|Jumbo Loan||Jumbo Mortgage Rates||Jumbo Refinance Rates|
|30-Year Jumbo Loan||30-Year Jumbo Loan Rates||30-Year Jumbo Refinance Rates|