Don’t Let Refinancing Scare You!

Here’s how to make sure you’ll actually save money.

There has never been a better time to buy a new home. Down payment and credit requirements are less restrictive than they were a decade ago. But what if you already bought your dream home years ago, or even six months ago? As property values have increased and interest rates have decreased, property owners are likely in a great position to refinance their mortgage loans and benefit from their homeowner status.

But before you take the plunge, think about how long you plan to stay in your home and how much the refinance is going to cost. If you’re not careful, refinancing could actually end up costing more than it saves!

Remember, refinancing a mortgage is a labor-intensive process. It involves loan officers, underwriters, servicing people, appraisers, legal services—and they all charge a fee.

Let’s say you can refinance at a 1% lower rate, which decreases your monthly payment by $100. But let’s also assume your closing costs on the refinance are $3,000, which means it’ll take 30 months to cover your costs. That’s why it’s important to know how long you plan to live there. If you end up moving in a couple of years, you’ll actually lose money!

Of course, if you have excellent credit and pristine payment history, you may be offered a “no-fee” refinance, which makes the decision easy, right? Not always! Refinancing still costs the bank the same amount of money, so chances are they’re burying their fees somewhere in the deal—likely in the form of a higher interest rate!

To find out if refinancing makes sense for you, give us a call. As your local refinance expert, we can analyze your situation, review your current mortgage and outline all the costs and benefits. A mortgage review gives us the opportunity to discuss the current market and answer any questions you may have regarding escrows, mortgage insurance, or even your credit score.

Let’s take a few moments to review your mortgage. Contact us today!

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