Compare today's refinance rates
What are current refinance rates? Find and compare today's mortgage refinance rates in your area.
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Mortgage rate trends (APR)
NerdWallet’s mortgage rate insight
On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell four basis points to 2.961%, the average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped four basis points to 2.563% and the average rate on a 5/1 ARM was unchanged at 2.939%, 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 four basis points higher than one week ago and 112 basis points lower than one year ago.
Current mortgage and refinance rates
|30-year fixed rate||2.859%||2.961%|
|15-year fixed rate||2.370%||2.563%|
|5/1 ARM rate||2.875%||2.939%|
Data source: NerdWallet mortgage rate index
How to find today’s mortgage refinance rates
NerdWallet’s comparison tool can help you find the current refinance rates for your mortgage. In the "Refine results" section, click or tap the "Refinance" button and enter a few details about your current home loan. We’ll scan multiple lenders to find personalized refinance offers and provide you with personalized rate quotes within moments, without a credit check.
NerdWallet’s mortgage refinancing guide
With a mortgage refinance, you replace your current home loan with a new one. Much like when you bought your home, you’ll have to meet the lender’s refinance requirements and go through the application and closing process.
There are several reasons you might choose to refinance your mortgage:
Lower your interest rate/monthly payment: If rates have dropped since you originally bought your home or your credit score has improved, a rate and term refinance may allow you to reduce your monthly mortgage payment.
Pay off your mortgage quicker: You can pay off your loan faster by refinancing from a 30-year mortgage to a 15-year mortgage, for example. While your monthly payments will likely rise, you’ll shorten your loan term and pay off your mortgage in half the time.
Tap into your home equity: A cash-out refinance is a new mortgage for more than your current loan balance. You can use the difference for things like home improvements or other financial needs.
Switch from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate mortgage: If you want more payment stability, you can refinance your adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage. After a specified amount of time, the steady rate on the ARM may adjust higher, while the rate stays the same with a fixed-rate loan.
Eliminate private mortgage insurance: If you bought your home with less than 20% down, your lender likely required you to take private mortgage insurance or PMI. This protects the lender in the event you default on the loan. If you’ve gained enough equity in your home, you can refinance to eliminate the PMI.
Is it worth it to refinance?
There isn’t a standard rule about when it makes sense to refinance your mortgage. Some experts recommend refinancing if you can lower your mortgage rate by 1% or more. But a smaller drop may still make sense for you. Crunch the numbers with this mortgage refinance calculator.
Keep in mind that your credit score affects the interest rate you receive. If you have excellent credit, which is typically 720 or above, you may qualify for the lowest refinance rates.
When deciding if you should refinance, consider how long you plan to live in your home. If you plan to move away soon, you might not have time to recoup the costs of refinancing, sometimes called ’the break-even point.’
And ask your lender about any prepayment penalties. While these penalties aren’t common, some lenders may charge them if you close the loan within the first three to five years of a mortgage.
What is the average cost of a refinance?
Whether you’re buying a home or refinancing your mortgage, you will have to pay closing costs. Refinance closing costs vary by lender and can add up from 2% to 5% percent of the loan amount. Closing costs can include things such as home inspection, loan origination fees, property taxes, discount points and title fees.
Some lenders offer no-closing-cost refinances. With these loans, you don’t have to pay the closing costs upfront, but you could see a higher monthly payment. Lenders cover the cost of the refinancing by charging a higher interest rate or rolling the fees into the total loan amount.
How to find the best refinance rate?
Your credit score helps determine the refinance rate you will receive. Check your credit report before refinancing to make sure there aren’t any errors. Build your credit score before refinancing by paying your bills on time and keeping credit utilization low.
To ensure you’re getting the best possible rate, request quotes from multiple refinance lenders. Compare the interest rate, annual percentage rate (APR), estimated closing costs and other fees included on each Loan Estimate.
And don’t forget to lock in your refinance rate. This will prevent the interest rate from rising before your loan closes.MORE: 5 tips for finding the best mortgage refinance lenders