Multiple closely watched refinance rates were down today.
Nationwide averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both trended down. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also sunk lower.
30-year fixed refinance
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.50 percent, down 5 basis points over the last seven days. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was higher, at 4.67 percent.
At the current average rate, you’ll pay $506.69 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That’s $2.97 lower, compared with last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments 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 average for a 15-year refi is currently running at 3.75 percent, down 2 basis points over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $727 per $100,000 borrowed. The bigger payment may be a little harder to find room for in your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage payment 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 3.70 percent, down 2 basis points from a week ago.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.70 percent would cost $999.20 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. That hard-to-swallow monthly payment comes with the benefit of paying even less interest over the life of the loan 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.
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Last updated January 8, 2019.
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