After hearing news about the Federal Reserve cutting down on rates or after realizing that the rates are significantly lower compared to the time you bought your home, it is really tempting to consider mortgage refinancing. At first look, it really makes sense. After all, who would not want to take advantage of low rates that mean lots of money saved on monthly fees?
However, the fact of the matter is not all homeowners will be able to save by simply taking a new loan just because the rates are low. It is important to know when to refinance your mortgage in order to know if the move is right for you.
In practical terms, you are refinancing only because you want to save. But you don’t usually see your savings right away. This is because there are fees involved when taking a new loan and penalties to pay for getting out of the old one. Here are the issues you should consider when deciding if it is the right time to take refinancing:
The amount of time you plan to stay in your home
If 30 of staying in a single house is long enough, extending it for few more years by taking another loan may not be that attractive. So, if you plan to move for the next couple of years or so, then, it is really not a good idea to take another loan. Remember that the only way to recoup the cost you paid for the new loan is by staying in your home for as long as possible. And if you don’t have any plan on doing this, let the current low rate pass.
The cost of terminating your current mortgage.