Refinancing Our House

The other day Kyle wrote a post about how low mortgage rates are right now. We’ve been kicking around the idea of refinancing for a while, and at this point think we’d like to move forward. This is an opportunity to lower our rate significantly. The big questions: 1. Is it worth it – how much of an impact will a lower rates have? For us, the attraction is paying less interest over the life

Mortgage Rates are Low

Mortgage rates are currently low. Very low. It’s common for well qualified buyers to get rates below 5%, and we’ve heard of some rates as low as 4.25% on 30-year fixed mortgages with no points. We even saw a sign by the road advertising a 3.99% rate, though it was not clear what the other terms would be. Here’s a chart from showing rates going back to 1963, which is further than other charts

To Refinance or Not To Refinance (part 2)

Yesterday we went over some of the reasons why the current low interest rates are unlikely to spur a dramatic wave of refinancing activity. However, trying to capture a lower interest rate may make sense for homeowners that have equity in their property, strong credit scores and available cash. Today we’re going to run some numbers to try to quantify the benefit of a lower interest rate. Assumptions 1. Homeowner purchased a home one year

To Refinance or Not To Refinance (Part 1)

That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of higher monthly interest payments, or to take arms against the current mortgage, and by refinancing, to end it. Interest rates are back down to historic low levels. The chart at left is from and shows the average interest rate for 30-year fixed mortgages in Connecticut over the past 5 years. Large mortgage rate drops historically lead to a boom in