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The Home Affordable Refinance Program ends in less than 30 days! Are you one of the remaining homeowners eligible for HARP?

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. If you find a great lender and rate, but they don't offer a 10-year term, you can always make yourself one.

Using an mortgage calculator, plug in the particulars for your loan with a 10-year term; now, refinanceas normal, then send in the payment you calculated for the 10-year loan. Voila! Instant shorter-term mortgage (in fact, you can shorten the term of the loan to any term you want using this method... just make the payment you calculated for the term you want).

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More help from HSH.com

  • 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.
  • When refinancing at a higher rate makes sense

    Trade your old mortgage for a new, higher-rate version? There are times when it actually makes sense.
  • Should I pay off a mortgage early?

    By making extra principal payments or refinancing your mortgage, you could pay a lot less interest and free yourself from your mortgage ahead of schedule. Here are the pros and cons of retiring your mortgage early.
  • How does a refinance in 2017 affect your taxes?

    After a mortgage refinance, there are some specific "dos" and "don'ts" you need to know prior to filing your income taxes, as well as a few pointers that can help you lower your tax bite.

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