Several benchmark refinance rates sunk lower today.
Average rates nationwide for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both dropped. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, also sunk lower.
Refinancing rates change daily, but they remain low by historical standards. If you’re in the market to refinance, it may make sense to go ahead and lock if you see a rate you like.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.57 percent, down 8 basis points compared with a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 3.83 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $452.96 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That represents a decline of $4.50 over what it would have been last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to get a handle on what your monthly payments would be and see what the effects of making extra payments would be. 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 3.09 percent, down 6 basis point since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $696 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 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 3.04 percent, down 16 basis points over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.04 percent would cost $974.87 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. If you can manage that substantial monthly payment, you’ll enjoy even more interest cost savings 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||3.57%||3.65%||-0.08|
|15-year fixed refi||3.09%||3.15%||-0.06|
|10-year fixed refi||3.04%||3.20%||-0.16|
Rates as of February 13, 2020.
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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.
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