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Should I refi my loan?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Drjones, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. I'm considering taking advantage of ultra-low mortgage rates & refinancing a condo that I own & now rent out.

    The loan balance is currently approx. $117K and currently at 4.75%.

    I can refi down to 3.5% but the lender wants to charge about $2,600 in fees which seems pretty high. I refinanced about two years ago; I believe I went from 6% to 4.75, and I do not recall the fees being that high.

    I don't know if, with this particular lender, if I have to come up with the cash or if it gets rolled into the loan; haven't asked yet.

    Anyway, all said & done would save me about $80/mo.

    Should I do it? Should I keep shopping for a lender with lower fees?

  2. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

    Oct 8, 2001
    Middle of SC
    I owe $139,xxx. Got 28 years left at 5.25.

    We're considering a 15 year note. I think our payments will go up slightly, but DAMN look at what we'd save over the life of the loan!!!

    DrJ -- I wouldn't do it unless you consider a 15-year note.

  3. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    Saving 1.25 in interest for $2600 in fees seems high.

    Shop around and see what's out there.

    Your return on investment is about three years, so it's not bad. If you stay in the house for the long haul you will save a bundle, but I bet there are better deals out there, especially if you have great credit.
  4. Jim, I do have very good credit and I am going to keep this property for a very long time as an investment/rental.
  5. TangoUniform


    Jul 6, 2000
    I've had ~$133k-ish outstanding at a 5.375% rate.... 27 years remaining.

    In the process of refinancing for 15 years at 2.875% (I think that's right)...
    All closing costs baked in to the final number crunching..

    AND my monthly note just dropped almost $200.

    Re-fi through Wells Fargo, if that makes any difference to anybody...
  6. TangoUniform


    Jul 6, 2000
    See my post above..
    I actually had almost the identical situation you describe..

    The first lender I contacted offered to take me from 5.375% to 3.1something .... 27 yrs remaining on the original loan, going to 15 years... with the closing costs baked in, my monthly note would have gone up about $165/mo..

    ...sought a different lender (Wells Fargo) about 2 weeks later (RIGHT before I was about to send in the final paperwork)..
    Again, see my previous post.

    I think I locked into that 2.875 rate about 2 weeks ago... have no idea what can be had today..
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  7. How long will it take you to recover the refinancing charges at $80 per month?
  8. JMS

    JMS 02

    May 6, 2007
    I refinanced a few months back from a 4.75 to a 3.99, the fees would pay for themselves in 16 months, I'm going to be here at least 10 years so it was worth it.

    Figure out how long to break even and if you'll be there long enough.

  9. Looks like about 3 years... :wow:
  10. That's your break even point.
  11. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
    Go for a 15 year loan... I love mine!!!