Today, a few benchmark mortgage refinancing rates have gone up.
The 15-year and 30-year fixed rates have seen their average rates increase. At the same time, the average 10-year fixed refinancing rates have also increased.
Refinancing rates are constantly fluctuating. However, they are exceptionally low at the moment. For those looking to refinance their existing mortgage, this may be the perfect time to get a record high rate.
Take a look at today’s refinance rates:
Compare the refinancing rates for a wide range of different loans here.
What this means for owners
As refinance rates stay close to 3%, there is always an opportunity to get a low rate for homeowners who haven’t refinanced in the past few years. However, the refinancing fees normally range from 3% to 6% of the loan balance. So make sure you plan to stay in your home long enough that the interest savings outweigh the costs. And remember, even if you don’t pay anything out of pocket, the refinancing closing costs are usually built into your loan balance. So you pay it one way or another.
30-year average fixed refinancing rates
Right now, the 30-year average fixed refinance has an interest rate of 3.11%, an 8 basis point increase from what we saw last week.
You can use our mortgage calculator to calculate the price of your monthly mortgage payments and to understand what the effects of making additional payments would be. Our mortgage calculator will also tell you how much interest you will be charged over the life of the loan.
15-year refi rate
Currently, the 15-year average fixed refinance rates are 2.37%, an increase of 6 basis points from a week ago.
Monthly payments on a 15-year refinance loan are more difficult to fit into a monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage payment. However, a shorter loan term can save you thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan.
10-year average refinancing rates
The 10-year average fixed refinance rate is 2.32%, an increase of 4 basis points from a week ago.
Monthly payments with a 10-year refinance term would cost a lot more per month than with a 15-year term, but you’ll pay less interest in the long run.
Mortgage refinancing rate trends
Currently, refinancing rates are extremely low compared to recent history of mortgage rates. Rates have been close to 3% since April 2021, according to Freddie Mac Weekly Poll.
Even though we have seen refinance rates climb higher, borrowers will likely still have access to favorable rates. Experts believe that rates will remain low throughout 2021, and that much later this year, rates are more likely to rise steadily. The evolution of long-term refinancing rates will depend on general factors, such as inflation and our economic recovery.
How we determine refi rates
Our daily refinance rates are based on daily rate data from Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as NextAdvisor. These overnight refi rate averages are based on a borrower profile that meets the following criteria:
- At least 20% + equity
- Principal residence
- FICO Score 740+
- Existing single-family home (no new construction)
The information provided to Bankrate by lenders across the country is provided in the table below:
Prices as of September 28, 2021.
Take a look at the mortgage refinance rates for a number of different loans.
Is it still a good time to refinance?
The past year has historically been a great time to refinance as rates have never been so low. However, since January, mortgage rates have climbed past the 3% threshold for the first time since last summer.
Even though the days of record refinancing rates are behind us, it is still a great time for many homeowners to refinance. If you can lock in today’s rates that are just north of 3%, you get a deal near the historic low.
So there is still time to save with a refinance, but this window is closing. Many experts predict that rates will continue to rise as the economy returns to pre-pandemic levels over the next year.
How to get the best refinance rate
Your personal situation has a big impact on the refinancing rate you get. Having a lower loan-to-value ratio for your home and a healthier credit score usually results in a better interest rate.
Your personal finances are not the only factor that affects your refinancing interest rate. The equity in your home is also a factor in the decision. Having at least 20% equity in your property is ideal.
The type of mortgage loan can determine what your mortgage refinance rate will be. A short term refinance loan usually has lower rates than a longer term loan. The type of mortgage refinance you need makes a difference in the refinancing interest rate. Cash refinance loans generally have higher interest rates than other loans.
How much does it cost to refinance?
The cost of refinancing can vary widely depending on these factors:
- Where is the property
- Type of refinancing loan
- Your lender
- Amount of the loan
- Your credit rating
- The equity in the property
Typically, the refinancing closing costs are 3-6% of the loan balance. The type of loan you refinance can impact its cost in a number of ways. Some government-backed refinance loans, such as the FHA Streamline or the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) may not require appraisal, but may come with high upfront fees to cover mortgage insurance. On the other hand, if you have enough equity, you could refinance into a conventional loan to eventually get rid of the mortgage insurance requirement.