After looking at your Christmas bills you may be wondering if it is a good idea to refinance your mortgage. Below are a few things to consider to help you to properly make your decision.
- Will it lower my over all payments? It’s best to look at everything you may want to include in your refinance and properly determine if you will be saving money. Look at your current mortgage payment, your credit cards, lines of credit, student loans and any other debt that may be included and compare to what you are paying now to what you could be paying.
- Is it a better interest rate? Fixed rates have moved quite a bit over the last 9 months and currently are very close to where we were almost 5 years ago. Variable rates on the other hand are still quite low but there is potential of them increasing soon.
- Has my home increased in value enough? Home prices are up across the country so it’s a good idea to know this as refinances are limited to 80% loan to value while purchases top out at 95%.
- What will it cost me? Savings on your current payments are only one part of the picture, even if you could be saving money yet it will cost you too much to refinance then it’s best to hold off. Those who have a fixed rate mortgage could possibly be surprised at how much your bank will charge you to break your mortgage.
- Will I even get approved? Has the pandemic affected your income in any way, have you missed any recent payments or lost your job? Even with these scenario’s it is still possible to refinance but there is a good chance that you will be paying a higher rate.
See there is so much to consider so it’s best to talk with an expert to go over all your options.
I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.
p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia, Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).
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