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    Posted on May 8, 2013 by Jain Malkin Inc. in Case Studies

    “Should I refinance my house right now….is it worth the effort?”

    With rates at historic lows, this is the most common question our advising team is currently receiving.

    Having an advisor in your court is important to help you sort through the many variables of refinancing your home.

    As with all large decisions the answer depends on many variables.

    Having an advisor in your court to help you sort through the many variables  is invaluable.

    Now is the time consider your options, whether your goal is to save money, borrow cheaply to pay off more expensive debt, or to take money out of your home, now is the time to be considering your options.

    Refinancing a mortgage is what we consider a ‘big win’, as it can really move the needle on your finance goals.

    These are the types of wins our advisors are always on the lookout for, instead of asking our clients to stop drinking lattes.

    Now that we have identified a potential big win, where to start?

    Three Important Questions

    Question #1: What is your current rate?

    If your rate is around 3.5% or more, we advise exploring a refinance.  The numbers may not work out, but it certainly is worth looking at your potential savings.

    Question #2: Do you pay PMI on your current loan?

    PMI is an added monthly charge on a mortgage for loans that have less than 20% equity generally and is not included in your rate but added as a charge manage business payments.

    Question #3: How many years left do you have on your current loan?

    If you only have a few years left on your mortgage, refinancing may be more effort than it is worth.

    Alternatively, you may want to improve cash flow by refinancing the remaining balance to a new 30 year option.

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