Today, a few notable refinancing rates have dried up.
The 15-year and 30-year fixed rates have seen their average rates fall. The average rate for 10-year fixed-rate refinance mortgages has also declined.
Refinancing interest rates are constantly changing. However, rates have been hovering near their historic lows for some time. For those looking to refinance their existing mortgage, this can be a great opportunity to lower your interest rate.
The average mortgage refinancing rates are as follows:
Take a look at the local refinance rates.
What these refinancing rate changes mean for homeowners
While refinancing rates remain close to 3%, homeowners who were waiting to refinance still have a chance to get an exceptional rate. However, the refinancing fees normally range from 3% to 6% of the loan balance. So make sure you save more in the long run than you pay up front. And it’s important to know that even a “no closing cost” refinance still has fees, but instead of paying them up front, they are built into your loan.
30-year average refinancing rates
Right now, the 30-year average fixed refinance has an interest rate of 3.13%, down 3 basis points from a week ago.
You can use our mortgage calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payments will be 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 average refinancing rates
For fixed 15-year refinances, we see an average rate of 2.44%, a decrease of 1 basis point compared to the previous week.
The monthly payments for a 15-year refinance loan will be larger than for a 30-year refinance at the same rate. However, a shorter loan term can save you thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan.
10-year refinancing rate
The 10-year average fixed refinance rate is 2.42%, down 1 basis point from what we saw last week.
Monthly payments with a 10-year refinance term would cost even more than what you would pay with a 15-year loan. The advantage is that you will end up paying even less interest over the life of the loan.
Trends in refinancing rates
Mortgage and refi rates are extraordinarily low compared to any other time in the history of mortgage rates. However, rates have risen from their historic lows and that is part of the long term trend. The Federal Reserve’s policies that kept rates low during the pandemic are expected to slowly come to an end over the next few months.
Even though rising rates are likely to be the long term trend, that doesn’t mean they will rise overnight. Those who haven’t refinanced recently are in luck. Refinance rates go up and down from day to day and week to week, but the increase we are seeing in rates should be more gradual.
How are our refinancing rates calculated
Our daily refinance rates are based on daily rate data from Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as NextAdvisor. These day-to-day refi rate averages are based on one of the following customer profiles:
- At least 20% + equity
- Owner-occupied house
- FICO Score 740+
- Detached single family home
The information provided to Bankrate by the country’s lenders is displayed in the table below:
Prices as of November 22, 2021.
Take a look at the mortgage refinance rates for a number of different loans.
Is it still a good time to refinance?
The decision to refinance is not driven solely by market factors such as interest rates or home values, your personal circumstances also matter. You’ll want to ask yourself if refinancing will help you reach your goals
If you can lower your interest rate enough to offset the initial closing costs, refinancing may be a good idea. However, refinancing isn’t always about lowering your mortgage rate. With the rise in home values, many homeowners are choosing to turn their new equity into cash with a cash refinance. Cash on refinance loans usually have higher rates than other options, but it can be a good way to pay for home improvements or pay off other higher interest debt.
As long as refinancing meets your financial goals and gets you closer to achieving them, now is the time to refinance.
How to qualify for the lowest refinance rate
Refinancing rates are influenced by your personal finances. Those with higher credit scores and better loan-to-value ratios (LTVs) will usually receive a larger discount on the mortgage refinance rates offered to them.
But your personal financial situation is not the only factor that affects your interest rate. The value of your home relative to your loan balance is also a factor in the decision. You want to have at least 20% equity, or a loan-to-value ratio of 80% or less.
Even the mortgage itself has an effect on your mortgage refinance rate. A shorter term refinance loan generally has better refinance rates than loans with longer repayment terms, all other things being equal. Your refinance interest rate is also affected by the type of mortgage refinance you plan to take out. A cash refinance loan usually comes with a higher mortgage refinance rate than other types of refinance loans.
What is the average cost of refinancing?
What you will pay to refinance your mortgage can vary widely depending on these factors:
- Where is the property
- Type of refinancing loan
- Your lender
- Amount of the loan
- Your credit rating
- Home equity
Typically, the refinancing closing costs are 3% to 6% of the loan balance. The type of loan you are refinancing 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.