Mortgage News and Notes

Consider Trading in your 30-year Mortgage for a Brand New 15-year Model

January 29th, 2020 1:29 PM by Steven Hofberg

Refinancing the balance of your 30-year mortgage to a 15-year offers tremendous benefits, including:

  • More of your payment goes to principal each month, building equity much faster.
  • The total interest you pay over the life of the loan is drastically reduced.
  • Rates for 15-year mortgages have dropped substantially recently, and are near historical lows.

Let’s look at how a 15-year refinance would benefit a typical homeowner.

Our borrower obtained a 30-year mortgage for $400,000 at a fixed rate of 4.50% two years ago, with a monthly payment (principal and interest) of $2027. After 24 months the remaining principal balance is $387,000. Continuing to pay the 30-year loan to maturity will cost $330,000 in total interest. But instead, they choose to refinance into a 15-year mortgage at 3.00%. The total interest to maturity is now only $98,000. Compared to sticking with the 30-year loan, our borrower will save more than $280,000!

Of course, switching to a 15-year mortgage will result in a higher monthly payment, but that increase goes towards principal, which builds equity much faster.

Remember, rates are subject to change, so contact Margie soon if you would like to hear more of the details. She would be happy to show you just how much you can save.

Have a great week!

Steven H Hofberg, Operations Manager

Posted in:Refinance and tagged: EquityRefinance15-year
Posted by Steven Hofberg on January 29th, 2020 1:29 PM


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