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Four Important Tips For People Who Are Considering A Refinance

Posted: October 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm 7,324 views No Comment

Are you planning on refinancing? Homeowners…keep these simple (yet often unexplained) concepts in mind when considering a refinancing:

1. You typically want to see a 2% improvement from your current interest rate and the proposed “new rate”. When you add up the costs of refinancing as well as the time and hassle associated with the process, you may find a refinancing doesn’t make a lot of economic sense with a spread lower then 2%.

2. Find your break-even point by taking the total costs of refinancing (divided by) the projected monthly savings under the new rate. Doing so will tell you how many months it will take to get your money back!

3. How long you plan to own the property is important. Rule of thumb: If you plan on owning the property for less then 5 years, a refinancing may or may not make sense. Only you and the numbers can tell!

4. A “Discount point” is 1% of the amount of money you are borrowing and is paid to a lender to secure a lower interest rate on a mortgage. Many people want to pay “points” to get a lower rate. But, are you really getting a lower rate? When you pay discount points you are basically prepaying the lender interest 15 or 30 years in advance! You are handing over “real dollars” for an intangible “interest rate” that will result in a lower monthly payment…the more important question is will you live in the property for 15 or 30 years? If not, why prepay the interest? Hint: Zero point home loans often make the most sense.

These are only four (4) of the one hundred and one 101 tips you will find in our FREE EBook 101 Real Estate Tips for Home Buyers, Home Sellers and Money Borrowers located in the FREEBIES section at our website. You can download it instantly at your convenience, enjoy! Jim Hart

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