The decision on whether or not to refinance has, in the past, meant balancing the savings of a lower monthly payment against the costs of refinancing. In recent years,mortgage lenders have introduced “no cost” and low-cost refinancing packages that minimize or completely eliminate the out-of-pocket expenses of refinancing. With traditional refinancing, the interest rate for your new mortgage is often about 2 percentage points below the rate of your current mortgage. However, with the newer low and no-cost refinancing programs offered, home owners can find it valuable to refinance to obtain a smaller reduction in interest rates.
Will Paying Points Affect My Rate?
When home owners make the decision to refinance their home loan they must decide which interest rate will work best for their situation. There is typically a range of interest rates at different amounts of points. Remember, a point is equal to one percent of the loan amount. When you work with you your home loan representative you will be able to analyze the different interest rates and related points, which can save you money. Some combinations of interest rates and points may cause your monthly payment to increase though. Be sure to discuss all options with you home loan advisor before making a decision.
Your Second Refinance
Refinancing makes sense for many of our clients because refinancing can result valuable savings. Now is also a good time to refinance for a second time. The timing is important because when interest rates are falling quickly you can reduce your monthly payments even further. Your mortgage brokers will also help you understand the tax write off associated with a second refinance. The money that American?s are saving can be used to build emergency cash funds, build additions onto their homes, or they can save it for a child’s college fund.
Refinance and Taxes
Mortgage brokers are knowledgeable of the laws governing taxes that are related to mortgages. Many homeowners find the tax issues related to the home loan refinance process confusing, but your mortgage broker will guide you through the process. To explain briefly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that interest paid for refinancing must be deducted over the life of the loan. However, if the home loan is being used to make improvements to your house, the borrowers may be permitted to deduct a portion of the interest right away. The exact tax laws concerning refinancing are complex and the details should be discussed with your mortgage broker. The IRS website, www.irs.gov, may also be helpful when gathering general information on the subject of taxes and refinancing.