Q: Would it be an advantage to refinance a 15-year, $130,000 loan at 4.625% if I just refinanced two years ago? My house is worth $225,000, our credit score is 800, and I want to pay off our house before retirement.
What about closing costs, etc?
A: The answer is "maybe". You don't mention how many years you have until retirement, and you're already two years into your mortgage. Certainly, it's possible for you to lower the interest rate to perhaps 4% with a new 10-year loan, but since your interest differential will be small, your monthly payment will probably rise somewhat.
- What is a home equity line of credit?
A home equity line of credit is a type of second mortgage that allows homeowners to borrow money using their home as collateral.
- What is a home equity loan?
Homeowners with equity in their property can take out a home equity loan that uses their home as collateral.
- What is a rate and term refinance?
Homeowners have a variety of reasons for refinancing and each reason can indicate that one refinance option or another makes the most sense.
- Is a home equity line of credit tax-deductible?
One of the benefits of homeownership is the availability of a tax deduction for the interest paid on a mortgage.
- Are ten-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) available anywhere?
Sure! Virtually all lenders who sell product to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will be able to offer you mortgage with a 10-year term. However, interest rates are usually the same as the lender's 15-year offerings.