Multiple key refinance rates were down today.
Nationwide averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both fell. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also slid lower.
The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.43 percent, down 1 basis point from a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance was lower, at 4.40 percent.
At the current average rate, youâ€™ll pay $502.53 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That represents a decline of $0.60 over what it would have been last week.
You can use Bankrateâ€™s mortgage calculator to get a handle on what your monthly payments would be and see the effect of adding extra payments. It will also help you calculate how much interest youâ€™ll pay over the life of the loan.
The 15-year fixed refi average rate is now 3.82 percent, down 1 basis point over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed refinance at that rate will cost around $732 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: Youâ€™ll come out thousands of dollars ahead over the life of the loan in total interest paid and build equity much more rapidly.
The average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 3.74 percent, down 1 basis points over the last seven days.
Monthly payments on a 10-year fixed-rate refi at 3.74 percent would cost $1,000.61 per month for every $100,000 you borrow. If you can manage that big monthly payment, youâ€™ll enjoy even more interest cost savings than you would with a 15-year term.
To see where Bankrateâ€™s panel of experts expect rates to go from here, check out our Rate Trend Index.
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Last updated August 7, 2018.
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