Mortgage interest rates recently reached a 15-month low, with economists predicting they will hold steady. That’s excellent news for homebuyers, but what does it mean for current homeowners? Well, it may be a good time to consider refinancing. Refinancing can help you lower your monthly payments, eliminate mortgage insurance premiums, or pay off your home […]
Getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to a mortgage is all about being an informed buyer. The first step is learning the difference between an adjustable rate mortgage and a fixed rate mortgage. Each will come with their own benefits and drawbacks, depending on your situation, but one could be a […]
Transitioning into a comfortable retirement typically requires hard work, careful planning and the ability to reconcile your financial health with long-held aspirations. However, if retirement is nearing and the resulting fixed income threatens to derail the lifestyle you imagined, an underutilized and often misunderstood tool could get you back on track. Add Income, Reduce Costs […]
Seeing the value of your property increase is a welcome development for homeowners. It can be reassuring evidence that the home they chose to purchase, and when they bought it, was a smart decision. Rising values can also be a signal that it’s time to explore refinancing your current mortgage. Saving Money Falling interest rates […]
Our lives change over time, and so do our financial realities. In the ebb and flow between milestones, the good news is that you can capitalize on the planning you’ve already put into place by leveraging your home’s equity and refinancing your mortgage. Refinancing isn’t for everyone’s situation; it can cost from 3% to 6% […]
There are a variety of reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage. Some of the most common include reducing your payment, paying off your loan faster, converting between a fixed-rate and adjustable rate mortgage, and tapping into your home equity (also known as cash-out refinancing). Regardless of the reason, everyone who refinances wants the lowest mortgage […]
Let’s talk home equity. As we navigate the complex world of home financing, it’s important to know exactly what the term means, and how it relates to you. Here’s a basic definition as it pertains to the homeowner: Equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on […]
If you’re considering refinancing, you’ll need to do the numbers more than once—and different homeowners have different needs and goals. If you’re a recent retiree with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, the current rates on a 15-year mortgage might have you wondering: is refinancing worth it? On the other hand, parents with a young […]
On June 8, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to a seven month low, and averaged 3.89% for the week. This compares to a March 2017 mortgage rate of 4.3%, and counters early year predictions of rising mortgage rates throughout 2017. Since the 2008 recession, mortgage rates have trended lower As you can see from […]
When you commit to buying a home with a mortgage, it’s usually with the plan of paying it off with monthly payments over 15 or 30 years. During this long timeframe, your life circumstances could change, or the economy could change. When either of these occur, you might want to consider refinancing your mortgage. Here […]
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