September 17, 2021

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Mortgage refinance rates for Aug. 23, 2021: Rates ease


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Some key refinancing rates have declined today. Average interest rates fell for both 15-year and 30-year fixed refinancing. At the same time, the average interest rates for 10-year fixed refinancing remained the same. Refinancing rates are never set in stone – but rates have been historically low. If you are planning to refinance your home, now may be a good time to secure a good interest rate. However, as always, before refinancing, consider your personal goals and circumstances first and find a lender who best suits your needs.

30-year fixed refinancing rates

For 30 year fixed refinances, the average rate is currently 2.99%, a 5 basis point decrease from what we saw a week ago. (One basis point equals 0.01%.) One reason to refinance a 30 year fixed loan from a shorter repayment term is to lower your monthly payments. Because of this, a 30 year refinance can be a good idea if you’re having trouble making your monthly payments. However, the interest rates for a 30-year refinancing are usually higher than the interest rates for a 15- or 10-year refinancing. It also takes longer to pay off your loan.

15-year fixed rate refinancing

The current average rate on 15-year refinances is 2.30%, a 1 basis point decrease from a week ago. With a 15-year fixed refinancing, you have a higher monthly payment than with a 30-year loan. On the other hand, you save money in interest because you pay off the loan earlier. You will also usually get lower interest rates compared to a 30 year loan. You can save even more in the long term.

10-year fixed rate refinancing

The current average rate on a 10 year refinance is 2.33%, unchanged from what we saw the previous week. Compared to a 30- and 15-year refinance, a 10-year refinance usually has a lower interest rate, but a higher monthly payment. With a 10 year refinance, you can pay off your home much faster and save interest. Just think carefully about your budget and current financial situation to make sure you can afford a higher monthly payment.

Where are the prices going

We track refinancing rate trends using data collected by Bankrate, which is owned by CNET’s parent company. Here is a table of the average refinancing rates reported by lenders in the United States:

Average refinancing rates

product rate A week ago Change
30 years of permanent refi 2.99% 3.04% -0.05
15 years permanent refi 2.30% 2.31% -0.01
10 years permanent refi 2.33% 2.33% opener

Prices from August 23, 2021.

How to Find the Best Refinance Rate

When looking for refinancing rates online, it is important to remember that your specific financial situation will affect the interest rate on offer. Your interest rate will be affected by market conditions as well as your credit history and your application.

In general, you want a high credit score, low credit utilization rate, and a history of consistent and on-time payments in order to get the best interest rates. Researching interest rates online is always a good idea, but you will need to consult a mortgage professional to get your exact refinance rate. Also take into account any fees and closing costs that could offset the potential savings of a refinancing.

It’s also worth noting that lenders have tightened the requirements in recent months. Hence, you may not qualify for refinance – or a low interest rate – if you don’t have a solid credit rating.

Before applying for a refinance, you should make your application as strong as possible in order to get the best rates available. If you haven’t already, try improving your credit score by monitoring your credit reports, using credit responsibly, and carefully managing your finances. Also, compare quotes from multiple lenders to get the best rate.

When should I refinance?

In general, refinancing is a good idea if you need to get a lower interest rate than your current interest rate or if you need to change your repayment term. Even though interest rates have been low in recent months, you shouldn’t just look at market rates when deciding whether a refinance is right for you.

When deciding whether a refinancing is right for you, consider all factors, including how long you plan to stay in your current home, the length of your repayment period, and the size of your monthly payments. Also, keep in mind that closing costs and other fees may require an upfront investment.

Some lenders have tightened their requirements in recent months so you may not get refinancing at the advertised rates or refinancing at all if you don’t meet their standards. Refinancing at a lower interest rate can save you money in the long run and pay off your loan faster. However, a careful cost-benefit analysis is required to confirm that this makes sense.