Is It Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

Have interest rates dropped since you first bought your house? Are you in a considerably better place financially and credit wise than you were when you first got your mortgage? Are you looking for a way to lower your monthly mortgage or loan payments? If any of the above are true, then it may be time to take a closer look at a refinance mortgage.

A refinance mortgage, or 'refi' as it is popularly referred to, is a loan taken out specifically to pay off an existing loan for the purpose of lowering your current monthly payments - or reducing the total amount of interest that you'll pay. Refi loans become more popular when interest rates drop significantly, though there may be good reasons for you to consider a refinance mortgage loan even if the general interest rates have remained the same or increased. How does refinancing your current mortgage lower monthly payments and when should you consider a refinance mortgage loan?

Suppose that you bought your house with a mortgage loan from a local lender. Because of your lack of credit history and your decision to put down a small down payment, you ended up with an interest rate that was slightly higher than average. Five years later, the standard interest rates have dropped by nearly a full percentage point - which puts them nearly 3 percentage points below the interest rate on your current mortgage. You've been with your current employer for seven years, lived in the same house for five and have built a solid history of on-time payments on your mortgage and credit cards. You're in the ideal situation to seek a refinance mortgage because:

  1. A higher credit score and longer credit history may result in better interest rate available on new loans.
  2. A drop of 3 percentage points on your mortgage is significant. Most experts recommend considering refinancing if the new interest rate is at least 1 full percentage point lower than your current interest rate. In fact, drops of as little as half a percentage point in the APR can significantly lower your monthly costs.
  3. Your original mortgage carries a higher interest rate than market rate because of financial circumstances that no longer exist.

One other reason you might take out a refinance loan is to shorten the term of your mortgage. If you originally took out a 30 year mortgage at 5.25% APR, refinancing the loan for 15 years, even at the same APR, will lower your overall cost considerably though your monthly payments will be higher. Still, if you're in significantly better financial circumstances than you were when you took out the original mortgage, the overall savings could make it worth your while to refinance.

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not to refinance your existing mortgage. Some mortgages carry an early repayment penalty, for instance. There are also fees and closing costs associated with the new loan to add into the mix. You'll need to consider all the costs of taking out a new loan against the possible savings of a lowered interest rate before you decide if it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

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Annual Percentage Rate (APR) calculation and fees are as of 2021-04-11 based on information previously provided by you, the customer, including refinance period, credit score, state, mortgage balance, and property value.

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Rate of 1.875%, Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 1.928% and $1295 fees are for a 15 year fixed refinance loan available through Farmers Bank & Trust (NMLS#613839) based on Excellent Credit Score, Townhouse, Primary Residence, in the state of TX, with an anticipated mortgage balance of $490,000, and property value of $600,000 as of 12/04/2020.

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