The cost of long-term home ownership is now cheap, cheap, cheap.
Slash Your Long-Term Home Interest Costs
As mortgage rates have dropped this year, so have the costs of homeownership. At every given loan size, bargain-basement interest rates have brought monthly mortgage payments to levels never seen in history.
It's a great time to buy a home. It's an even better time to refinance.
This isn't cheerleading. This is fact. As a homeowner, your "total cost of homeownership" is tied to your mortgage. The higher your mortgage rate, the more interest you pay over time. And regardless of your mortgage interest tax-deductibility, over 30 years, mortgage interest accrues into something fierce .
Lately, though, with mortgage rates down, those long-term interest costs have plunged.
April 2011 : Over 30 years, a new $300,000 mortgage accrues $276,000 in interest
August 2011 : Over 30 years, a new $300,000 mortgage accrues $227,000 in interest
Today's mortgagors will pay 18% less mortgage interest as compared to those from April.
The interest cost savings are even larger as compared to loans from 2009 and 2010. This is why everyone with a mortgage should call a lender regarding refinance. There's a huge potential for savings. And you can't know until you ask.
I've been writing new loans for a long time and, whenever mortgage rates fall, homeowners tell me the same thing.
"I love these low rates", they say, "but I don't want to 'start over' on my loan. I have 27 years left. Why would I go back to 30?"
It's a common refrain from homeowners, and my answer is always the same. It's all about the math. I tell my clients, "At lower interest rates, you can actually accelerate your payoff. You'll own your home faster. It's the reverse of 'starting over'."
And then I show them the math.
By making your same mortgage payment as always, but on a mortgage with a lower mortgage rate, you can shorten your loan term by a huge number of years. It will be as if your mortgage payment never changed -- you'll just own your home much, much sooner.
The last time mortgage rates fell this far, they stayed low for just 4 days. This time, they may stay low for a longer period of time, but why risk it? What are you waiting for? Rates are lower than they've ever been in history.
If you own a home -- no matter when you bought it -- give a call to your lender. You could save a lot of interest at today's mortgage rates. Even if you don't think you'll qualify, give a call. It's worth 5 minutes of your time.