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 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.
- 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.
- Can I get copies of checks from a past refinance?
It's not going to be easy, that's for sure.
- Can I refinance an underwater ‘kiddie condo’?
If the home is underwater, HARP is really your only option.
- Will shopping around for a refinance affect my credit?
Credit bureaus usually treat multiple applications to different lenders as a single entry in your credit file.