WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE 2020 05:00
As mortgage rates continue their freefall, more and more homeowners are opting to refinance. With the recent dips, experts are saying that even those who refinanced in 2019 should take a look to see if they can save money.
“Millions of homeowners could benefit by refinancing their mortgages, even if they bought or refinanced as recently as May 2019,” said NerdWallet. “A typical refinance could save more than $150 a month.”
But the rates are just one of the considerations. If you’re thinking about looking into a new loan, here are some other things to consider.
How much is it going to cost you?
Yes, refinancing to lower your rate and your payment is typically a good idea. But refinancing isn’t free, and the fees you pay can add up. Make sure you take a good look at all of the fees, negotiate where you can, and figure out how long it’s going to take you to break even.
“Estimate your break-even period: the time it takes for the accumulated monthly savings to exceed the loan fees,” said NerdWallet. “For example, if you pay $3,600 in fees to save $100 a month, it will take 36 months to break even ($3,600 divided by $100 equals 36). If you believe you’ll stay in the house beyond the break-even period, it might be worthwhile to refinance.”