Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate fell.
The average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance trended down, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed refinance remained steady. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis notched higher.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.63 percent, down 12 basis points from a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 4.82 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $514.44 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That represents a decline of $7.21 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 4.00 percent, unchanged over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $740 per $100,000 borrowed. That’s clearly much higher than the monthly payment would be on a 30-year mortgage at that rate, 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 rapidly.
10-year fixed refinance
The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 4.00 percent, up 5 basis points since the same time last week.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 4.00 percent would cost $1,010.08 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. As you can see, the substantial 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.
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Last updated December 4, 2018.
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