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You may be thinking of refinancing
since interest rates are lower than ever. But with all the costs,
application fees, points, etc. how can you be sure you're getting
the best deal? Can you be sure that it's better than your current
There are many "rules of
thumb" that may or may not apply to your situation, like,
"if the new mortgage is at least 2% less than the existing
mortgage, it's good to refinance," but that may not always be
true. Other variables become significantly important depending on
your specific situation. For example, you may want to roll some
other debts into a new mortgage or you may be going from a 30-year
loan to a 15-year loan.
My philosophy is that the best loan
is the cheapest loan. No matter where you "buy" your money
it's still the same--little green pieces of paper with pictures. The
only thing that separates one loan from another is its cost, that
is, the fees compared to other loan options.
Since your situation is probably more
complicated than any one online calculator can handle, you have
probably asked a few trusted friends their opinions about whether
"to refinance or not," or which loan to pick. However,
there is much more to it than a simple answer.
Here's a short example of a loan I
analyzed for my friend, José.
I have a loan for $15,500 at 12.25% for 20 years. I have the
opportunity to refinance at 9.5%. The problem is that they want to
charge me $1,700 as a processing fee. This will bring the loan
amount to $17,200 at 9.5% for 20 years (although I'm only keeping
15,500). Is it worth it?
Summary of Analysis:
There are a few ways to look at your refinance. First, we can say
that you're going to borrow $17,200 at 9.5% for 20 years and make
payments of $160.33. Of course, you really don't get $17,200, you
get $15,500 to pay off the other loan.
So it's like getting a loan of
$15,500 and paying $160.33 for 20 years. The corresponding APR for
that principal, payment, and time is 11.03%. In the long run you're
really refinancing from 12.25% to 11.03%. That seems okay but now
let's look at it another way.
With your current loan it takes
payments of $173.38 for 20 years to pay off the loan. We can compare
that payment amount to the new loan and say that you're going to
make the same payment, $173.38, to the $17,200 at 9.5%. In this
comparison we're not changing anything about your current position.
You're paying the same amounts as you are now but to the new loan.
In this case it takes 64 payments
before the 9.5% loan "looks like" the 12.25% loan because
of the $1,700 up-front fee. In other words, after 64 payments the
unpaid balance of the new loan is the same as it would be after 64th
payment under the old loan. Every payment after 64 brings down the
true rate of the loan, which after 20 years, will get as low as
Based on how you repay the loan the
true rate is between 11.03% and 11.25% at best and you save
approximately $3,132 in out-of-pocket costs over 20 years (the
difference between the payments). However, you'll really save about
$6,120 in true dollars because that WOULD have been your unpaid
balance if you continued making the same payments as today, but
toward the new loan, since it is now paid off by the 196th payment.
The bottom line, as long as you ARE
NOT going to pay off the loan with another refinance, or with cash,
before the 64th payment, then it's going to be "better"
(cheaper) than your current loan, after the 64th payment.
If you're interested in my helping
you uncover the true costs of your loan option, just a email to me
or call (609) 660-0682.