Compare 15-year refinance rates
A 15-year mortgage, popular for refinancing, saves money in the long run because you pay less in total interest than on a 30-year loan. Find and compare current 15-year refinance mortgage rates from lenders in your area.
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Mortgage rate trends (APR)
NerdWallet’s mortgage rate insight
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained unchanged at 2.99%, the average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage remained essentially unchanged at 2.544% and the average rate on a 5/1 ARM rose one basis point to 2.956%, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage rates published daily by national lenders. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent. Rates are expressed as annual percentage rate, or APR. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is two basis points higher than it was one week ago and 108 basis points lower than one year ago.
Current mortgage and refinance rates
|30-year fixed rate||2.876%||2.990%|
|15-year fixed rate||2.331%||2.544%|
|5/1 ARM rate||2.875%||2.956%|
Data source: NerdWallet mortgage rate index
How do I shop for 15-year refinance rates today?
NerdWallet's mortgage rate tool can help you find competitive 15-year fixed mortgage rates. In the "Refine results" section, enter a few details about the loan you're looking for, and you'll get a personalized rate quote in minutes, without providing any personal information. From there, you can start the process to get preapproved for your home loan. It's that easy.
What is a good 15-year refinance rate?
Many factors influence the mortgage rate you're offered, including the economy, your financial details and the lender. The best way to find out if you're being quoted a good 15-year refinance rate is to compare multiple lenders. When you make lenders compete, you can compare loan offers and determine which has the best combination of rate and fees.
Will 15-year refinance rates drop?
Average mortgage rates fluctuate daily and are influenced by the economy, the inflation rate and the health of the job market. Unpredictable events can affect all of those factors. See NerdWallet's mortgage interest rates forecast to get our take.
What is a 15-year fixed-rate refinance?
A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage maintains the same interest rate and monthly payment (excluding changes in taxes and fees) over the 15-year loan period.
While the loan provides a fixed principal and interest payment, you're not stretching out the payments for as long as the traditional 30-year mortgage — and that saves a great deal of interest.
Are 15-year mortgage refinance rates lower than 30-year mortgage rates?
Rates are generally lower for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages than for 30-year mortgages. With the shorter loan term, lenders are exposed to less risk, so they can afford to charge lower rates.
When should you compare 15-year mortgage refinance rates?
Refinancing to a 15-year instead of a 30-year mortgage can help you save money and pay off the loan faster. Like any fixed-rate loan, a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage offers stability; the monthly principal and interest payment won't change no matter what happens to inflation or market interest rates — although taxes and insurance costs may.
It's worth comparing 15-year refinance rates if you think you'll be able to afford the monthly mortgage payment, which will be much higher than that of a 30-year loan.
15-year fixed mortgage refinance: Pros and cons
- Mortgage refinance rates are lower on average for 15-year mortgages than for home loans with longer terms.
- Besides getting lower rates, you save money when refinancing to a 15-year mortgage because you pay interest for fewer years than when refinancing to a 20- or 30-year loan.
- Monthly payments will be higher when refinancing into a 15-year mortgage than when refinancing to a mortgage with a longer term.
- Less money is available each month for other priorities, such as retirement saving, because of the higher monthly payment for a 15-year mortgage.
How are mortgage rates set?
At a high level, mortgage rates are determined by economic forces that influence the bond market. You can't do anything about that, but it's worth knowing: bad economic or global political worries can move mortgage rates lower. Good news can push rates higher.
What you can control are the amount of your down payment and your credit score. Lenders fine-tune their base interest rate on the risk they perceive to be taking with an individual loan.
So their base mortgage rate is adjusted higher or lower for each loan they offer. Higher mortgage rates for higher risk; lower rates for less perceived risk.
So the bigger your down payment and the higher your credit score, generally the lower your mortgage rate.
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What's the difference between interest rate and APR?
The interest rate is the percentage that the lender charges for borrowing the money. The APR, or annual percentage rate, is supposed to reflect a more accurate cost of borrowing. The APR calculation includes fees and discount points, along with the interest rate.
APR is a tool used to compare loan offers, even if they have different interest rates, fees and discount points.
A major component of APR is mortgage insurance — a policy that protects the lender from losing money if you default on the mortgage. You, the borrower, pay for it.
Lenders usually require mortgage insurance on loans with less than 20% down payment (in a home purchase) or less than 20% equity (in a refinance).