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It's been a bit since I mentioned refinancing our mortgage. We hadn't dropped the idea – it's just that there hasn't been much changed. We haven't heard anything from the mortgage specialist.
Earlier this month we decided to see if the streamlined refinance option our current lender offers would be a good deal for us. Currently their advertised rates for a 15 year loan is 3.250% (3.565% APR) and they're advertising that the fees are less if we stay with them. Curious to how much we could save, we sent in a request for a quote. We were told that it would take about 2 business days to get a response.
After not hearing anything for almost a week, we sent in another request and did get a response this time. We had to get some information for them:
- Our Original Loan #
- Our Homes's Current Assessment
- What Homes are Being Sold For in Our Neighborhood
I understand the first piece of information, but aren't the second two part of the refinance process? What information do I have access to that they don't have? I would think that the lender has people hired whose jobs is to look into this stuff? Oh well…
Our Current Mortgage Situation and Our Goals for It
Since I had to give the information fairly quickly, I'm glad that I do a monthly review – it meant that I had some of that information on hand.
Here’s where we stand with the mortgage right now:
- Total Loan Amount: $108,055.92
- Interest Rate: 5.00%
- Loan Term: 30 years, fixed rate
We’re also currently sending in an extra $175/month to decrease the mortgage principal even faster. What we'd like to do is to get our mortgage down to a 15 year fixed rate without greatly changing our total mortgage payments (scheduled mortgage payments plus our additional mortgage payments).
Finishing our mortgage in 15 years is a big plus for a small increase in our mortgage payment. Not having a mortgage in about half the time is extremely tempting. According to one estimate, we could save over $40,000 in interest payments over the life of the loan by cutting the mortgage in half.
Time to Look at Other Options
While I wait to just get a quote from her I'm going to look around and see if another lender can offer something reasonable. I'm starting with GoBankingRates today and see what kind of offers we can get. I'm also looking at Costco to see if our memberships get us a deal. I hope to have an update at least by the time I write the next net worth review.
Thoughts on Refinancing
How many of you have refinanced your mortgages in the last year? Did you stay with the same lender or did you go with a different one?
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