Current refinancing rates as of March 31, 2023: rates are increasing
Fixed 15-year and 30-year refinancing saw their average rates climb this week. Average 10-year fixed refinancing rates also increased.
Amid its ongoing battle to fight inflation, the Federal Reserve announced a 0.25% hike in its target federal funds rate on March 22. Refinance rates, like mortgage rates, fluctuate daily and could see further moves in response.
“Going forward, mortgage rates are likely to continue to fluctuate as the housing market continues to react to the uncertainty that permeates the current economy,” says Jacob Channel, senior loan market economist at LendingTree.
As the Fed aggressively raised the fed funds rate in 2022, refinance rates have soared, but we are seeing signs that rates may slowly start to stabilize as inflation declines.
For the first two meetings of 2023, the Fed has adopted a slower pace of increases while waiting to see the cumulative effects of policy changes on inflation.
Although still elevated, inflation has been falling steadily every month since peaking in June 2022. Following its March meeting, the Fed signaled that “further policy firming” could necessary to reach its inflation target of 2%.
Looking at average mortgage rate data for the past year, mortgage rates peaked at the end of 2022 and have been on a downward trend since then. We are still a long way from the record refinance rates of 2020 and 2021, but borrowers could see rates come down in 2023.
“With the backdrop of easing inflationary pressures, we should see more consistent declines in mortgage rates as the year progresses, particularly if the economy and labor market slow materially,” says Greg McBride, CFA and chief financial analyst at Bankrate. (Bankrate, like CNET Money, is owned by Red Ventures.) He expects 30-year fixed mortgage rates to end the year near 5.25%.
Regardless of the direction of rates, homeowners shouldn’t focus on timing the market and should instead decide whether refinancing is right for their financial situation. As long as you can get an interest rate lower than your current rate, refinancing will likely save you money. Do the math to see if it makes sense for your current finances and goals. If you decide to refinance, be sure to compare rates, fees, and the annual percentage rate — which indicates the total cost of borrowing — from different lenders to find the best deal.
30-year fixed rate refinancing
The average rate on a 30-year fixed refinance loan is currently 6.98%, an increase of 8 basis points from a week ago. (One basis point equals 0.01%.) Refinancing a 30-year fixed loan from a shorter loan term can lower your monthly payment. If you’re currently having trouble making your monthly payments, a 30-year refinance might be a good option for you. In exchange for lower monthly payments, rates for a 30-year refinance will generally be higher than 10- or 15-year refinance rates. You will also repay your loan more slowly.
15-year fixed-rate refinancing
For 15-year fixed refinances, the average rate is currently 6.15%, an increase of 10 basis points from what we saw the previous week. A 15-year fixed refinance will most likely increase your monthly payment compared to a 30-year loan. But you’ll save more money over time because you pay off your loan faster. 15-year refinance rates are generally lower than 30-year refinance rates, which will help you save even more in the long run.
10-year fixed rate refinancing
For 10-year fixed refinances, the average rate is currently 6.39%, an increase of 16 basis points from what we saw the previous week. Compared to a 15 or 30 year refinance, a 10 year refinance will generally have a lower interest rate but a higher monthly payment. A 10-year refinance can be a great deal because paying off your home sooner will help you save on long-term interest. But you need to confirm that you can afford a higher monthly payment by evaluating your budget and your overall financial situation.
Where are the rates going
At the start of the pandemic, refinancing interest rates hit historic lows. But at the start of 2022, the Fed began raising interest rates in an effort to curb runaway inflation. Although the Fed does not directly set mortgage rates, Fed rate hikes have increased the cost of borrowing for most consumer lending products, including mortgages and refinances. Mortgage rates reached their highest level in 20 years at the end of 2022.
Recent data shows headline inflation has declined slowly but steadily since peaking in June 2022, but it still remains well above the Fed’s 2% inflation target. After raising rates by 25 basis points in March, the Fed has indicated (PDF) that it plans to slow – but not stop – the pace of its rate hikes throughout 2023. Both of these factors are expected to contribute to progressive traction. lower mortgage and refinance rates this year, though consumers shouldn’t expect a big drop or a return to pandemic-era lows.
We track refinance rate trends using data collected by Bankrate. Here is a table with the average refinance rates reported by lenders across the country:
Average refinancing interest rate
|Product||Rate||A week ago||Change|
|30-year fixed refi||6.98%||6.90%||+0.08|
|15-year fixed refi||6.15%||6.05%||+0.10|
|10-year fixed refi||6.39%||6.23%||+0.16|
Rates as of March 31, 2023.
How to find the best refinance rate
It is important to understand that fares advertised online often require specific eligibility requirements. Your interest rate will be influenced by market conditions as well as your credit history, financial profile and demand.
Having a high credit score, a low rate of credit utilization, and a history of regular, on-time payments will generally help you get the best interest rates. You can get a good idea of average interest rates online, but be sure to speak with a mortgage professional to see the specific rates you qualify for. To get the best refinance rates, you must first make your application as strong as possible. The best way to improve your credit rating is to get your finances in order, use your credit responsibly, and monitor your credit regularly. Remember to speak with several lenders and shop around.
Refinancing can be a good decision if you get a good rate or can pay off your loan sooner, but think carefully if it’s the right choice for you right now.
When to Consider a Mortgage Refinance
Most people refinance because market interest rates are lower than their current rates or because they want to change the term of their loan. When deciding to refinance, be sure to consider factors other than market interest rates, including how long you plan to stay in your current home, how long your loan is, and the amount of your mortgage. monthly payment. And don’t forget fees and closing costs, which can add up.
As interest rates have risen throughout 2022, the pool of refinance applicants has shrunk. If you bought your home when interest rates were lower than they are today, there may be no financial benefit to refinancing your mortgage.