Average Mortgage Refinance Rate Sticks Near Record Low

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Based on data compiled by Credible, today’s mortgage refinance rates have mostly held firm since yesterday, except for 20-year rates, which rose slightly.

  • 30-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.750%, unchanged

  • 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.500%, up from 2.375%, +0.125

  • 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.000%, unchanged

  • 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.000%, unchanged

Rates last updated on Sept. 17, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

If you have a fixed-rate mortgage at 3% or more, or an ARM that’s about to reset, refinancing could be the solution you need to lock in a lower interest rate, minimize your overall interest costs, and pay off your mortgage faster. Thirty-year and 10-year refinance rates stand out as particularly good deals right now — 30-year rates have been well below 3% for 53 days, while 10-year rates have stuck at near-record lows for 44 days.

Whether you’re interested in saving money on your monthly mortgage payments, or considering a cash-out refinance, Credible’s free online tool lets you compare rates from multiple mortgage lenders. You can see prequalified rates in as little as three minutes.

You can explore your mortgage refinance options in minutes by visiting Credible to compare rates and lenders. Check out Credible and get prequalified today.

Rates last updated on Sept. 17, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

Current 30-year fixed refinance rates

The current rate for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 2.750%. This is the same as yesterday. Refinancing a 30-year mortgage into a new 30-year mortgage could lower your interest rate, but may not have much effect on your total interest costs or monthly payment. Refinancing a shorter term mortgage into a 30-year refinance could result in a lower monthly payment but higher total interest costs.

Current 20-year fixed refinance rates

The current rate for a 20-year fixed-rate refinance is 2.500%. This is up from yesterday. By refinancing a 30-year loan into a 20-year refinance, you could secure a lower interest rate and reduced total interest costs over the life of your mortgage. But you may get a higher monthly payment.

Current 15-year fixed refinance rates

The current rate for a 15-year fixed-rate refinance is 2.000%. This is the same as yesterday. A 15-year refinance could be a good choice for homeowners looking to strike a balance between lowering interest costs and retaining a manageable monthly payment.

Current 10-year fixed refinance rates

The current rate for a 10-year fixed-rate refinance is 2.000%. This is the same as yesterday. A 10-year refinance will help you may off your mortgage sooner and maximize your interest savings. But you could also end up with a bigger monthly mortgage payment.

Think it might be the right time to refinance? Be sure to shop around and compare rates with multiple mortgage lenders. You can do this easily with Credible and see your prequalified rates in only three minutes.

Rates last updated on Sept. 17, 2021. These rates are based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates may vary.

What drives today’s refinance rates?

Mortgage refinance rates move with market factors, such as unemployment numbers and inflation.

Larger economic factors

  • Strength of the economy

  • Inflation rates

  • Employment

  • Consumer spending

  • Housing construction and other market conditions

  • Stock and bond markets

  • 10-year Treasury yields

  • Federal Reserve policies

While big-picture conditions influence available rates, your personal financial history drives what rates you might be offered when you apply for a mortgage refinance.

Personal economic factors

  • Credit score

  • Credit history

  • Home equity

  • Loan amount, loan term, and loan type

  • Debt-to-income ratio

  • Location of the property

How to get the best mortgage refinance rates

You can’t control the market conditions that influence mortgage refinance rates. But you can take steps to maximize your chances of getting the best available rate. Before you refinance, try these steps.

1. Care for your credit

Check your credit report and score so you know what potential lenders will see. Correct any errors you find on your credit report. Keep paying all your bills on time and in full — positive payment history goes a long way toward elevating your credit score.

2. Pay down other debts

Your debt-to-income ratio was important when you took out your original mortgage, and it’s just as important when you refinance. Reducing your DTI will help improve your overall credit standing — plus it can free up more money to put toward paying down the principal when you refinance your mortgage.

3. Consider a shorter term

You might have taken a 30-year mortgage to ensure you got a lower monthly payment. But if you’re now able to swing a higher monthly payment, consider refinancing into a shorter term. Mortgage refinance loans with 10- and 15-year repayment terms generally have lower interest rates.

4. Comparison shop

If you decide to refinance your mortgage, be sure to shop around and compare rates from multiple mortgage lenders. Comparison shopping can help you find the best rate and repayment term available to you. You can do this easily with Credible’s free online tool and see your prequalified rates in only three minutes.

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As a Credible authority on mortgages and personal finance, Chris Jennings has covered topics that include mortgage loans, mortgage refinancing, and more. He’s been an editor and editorial assistant in the online personal finance space for four years. His work has been featured by MSN, AOL, Yahoo Finance, and more.

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