15-Year Mortgage Refinance Rates for April 2021

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What Are Today’s 15-Year Refinance Rates?

On Monday, April 12, 2021 according to Bankrate’s latest survey of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, the average 15-year refinance rate is 2.500% with an APR of 2.680%.

Current 15-Year Refinance Rates

ProductInterest RateAPR
30-Year Fixed Rate3.250%3.370%
30-Year FHA Rate2.940%3.790%
30-Year VA Rate2.770%2.960%
30-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate3.260%3.310%
20-Year Fixed Rate3.120%3.250%
15-Year Fixed Rate2.500%2.680%
15-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate2.500%2.550%
10-Year Fixed Rate2.400%2.590%
5/1 ARM Rate3.090%4.080%
5/1 ARM Jumbo Rate3.040%3.940%
7/1 ARM Rate3.150%3.900%
7/1 ARM Jumbo Rate3.230%3.860%
10/1 ARM Rate3.340%4.000%
ProductInterest RateAPR
30-Year Fixed Rate3.180%3.360%
30-Year FHA Rate3.000%3.840%
30-Year VA Rate2.770%2.930%
30-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate3.180%3.270%
20-Year Fixed Rate3.040%3.200%
15-Year Fixed Rate2.430%2.690%
15-Year Fixed Jumbo Rate2.410%2.470%
10-Year Fixed Rate2.320%2.540%
5/1 ARM Rate3.100%3.940%
5/1 ARM Jumbo Rate3.050%3.690%
7/1 ARM Rate3.140%3.750%
7/1 ARM Jumbo Rate3.190%3.660%
10/1 ARM Rate3.310%3.860%

Rates as of Monday, April 12, 2021

What is a 15-Year Fixed-Rate Refinance Mortgage?

A 15-year fixed mortgage refinance is a type of home loan designed to replace your existing mortgage. It has a fixed interest rate, so the amount of interest you’ll pay won’t change over the life of the loan. And with a 15-year payment term, you’ll pay off your mortgage in half the time you would with a 30-year mortgage refinance.

A 15-year refinance typically has a lower interest rate than longer-term loans — but it comes with a higher monthly payment.

When to Consider a 15-Year Refinance

A 15-year mortgage refinance can be a good way to pay off your mortgage sooner and save on interest. So the best time to consider refinancing is when rates are low enough that your interest savings will outweigh the upfront closing costs associated with a refinance loan.

NextAdvisor contributor Suze Orman says you should never refinance into a loan with a longer repayment term than what’s left on your existing mortgage. For homeowners with more than 15 years left on their mortgage, a 15-year loan is a great way to potentially secure a lower rate without adding years to your repayment schedule.

Because the monthly payments on a 15-year mortgage are higher, refinancing to a shorter-term loan makes the most sense if your income has increased since purchasing your home. So before you commit to bigger monthly payments make sure your current financial situation can support them.

Pros and Cons of a 15-Year Mortgage Refinance

Pros

  • Lower interest rates
  • Shorter repayment term
  • Build equity more quickly
  • Pay much less interest in the long term

Cons

  • Higher monthly payments
  • Less money to invest each month
  • Less money available to save each month

What is a Good 15-Year Refinance Rate?

In 2020, the 15-year refinance rate average fell below 2.25% for the first time ever. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best rate you’ll be able to qualify for. And it doesn’t mean it’s a good deal for you. 

Sometimes an advertised low rate can have built-in discount points. These points are extra fees you can pay in exchange for a lower rate. So you need to pay attention to not only your interest rate, but also the upfront fees you’re paying for the loan.

At the end of the day, a good 15-year refinance rate is one that is considerably less than the current rate you’re paying, allowing you to save money on interest over time with a new loan.

How to Find the Best 15-Year Refinance Mortgage Rates

Your mortgage refinance rate will depend on your financial situation (e.g., credit score and income etc.), how much equity you have in your home, and even the type of refinance you’re applying for. So to get the best 15-year refinance rates, you’ll need to shop around and compare mortgage lenders

To qualify for the lower rates, you’ll need a high credit score (700+), and at least 20% equity in your home. You can also expect to pay a higher rate with a cash-out refinance compared to other types of refinancing because lenders view this as a riskier type of refinance loan.