Q: I am paying 5% on $160,000. A lender is advertising a 30 yr FRM at 3.85%/4.191% APR, or a 15 year FRM at 3.25%/3.476%. Would closing costs be out of sight?
A: You should contact the mortgage lender and ask for a Good Faith Estimate of Closing costs (GFE). While under no obligation to provide you with one until you actually apply, they may, and that should give you a good working sense of the fees involved in your refinance. You should know that advertised rates are for truly optimal borrowers, and your situation is likely to be different.
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- 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.
- What is HARP and do I qualify for a HARP loan?
Thousands of homeowners are still eligible to refinance under HARP. Are you one of them? Time is running out!
- How quickly can you refinance after a bankruptcy?
We have received a lot of questions over the years regarding how quickly you can refinance a mortgage following bankruptcy.