Historical low interest rates ensure there’s never been better time to refinance your existing mortgage.
Things to think about:
There many things to consider when refinancing your home loan. The fees associated with refinancing can add up quickly so, many mortgage companies will waive fees associated with refinancing applications and legal fees. This fee reduction can amount to large savings for the home owner but may result in a slightly higher percentage rate than expected. It is important to talk about your loan options with your loan officer. Additionally, the amount of time you plan to spend in your home will impact your decision to refinance. Many mortgage lenders will allow home owners who expect to live in their home for a minimum of three to five years to pay “points” and closing costs upfront. This option ensures the home owner obtains the lowest percentage rate available.
The costs associated with refinancing are similar to those of obtaining an original home loan and include legal fees, application fees, settlement costs, and other related fees. When refinancing additional fees will arise and they can include a fee charged if you paid off your original mortgage early, the points associated with the refinance, and the home loan interest rate. Typically the cost runs between three and six percent of the total amount of the home loan.
Will Paying Points Affect My Rate?
When home owners make the decision to refinance their home loan they must decide which interest rate will work best for their situation. There is typically a range of interest rates at different amounts of points. Remember, a point is equal to one percent of the loan amount. When you work with you your home loan representative you will be able to analyze the different interest rates and related points, which can save you money. Some combinations of interest rates and points may cause your monthly payment to increase though. Be sure to discuss all options with you home loan advisor before making a decision.
Your Second Refinance
Refinancing makes sense for many of our clients because refinancing can result valuable savings. Now is also a good time to refinance for a second time. The timing is important because when interest rates are falling quickly you can reduce your monthly payments even further. Your mortgage brokers will also help you understand the tax write off associated with a second refinance. The money that American’s are saving can be used to build emergency cash funds, build additions onto their homes, or they can save it for a child’s college fund.