How To Refinance

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This is a great time to refinance into a long term fixed rate mortgage, but it’s not always obvious how to do it in order to ensure the best combination of interest rate and costs, specifically Points. 
For example, the lowest rate is not automatically the best deal. This depends greatly on how long you plan to stay in the property.
My rule of thumb is if you expect to be moving within 5 years go for the lowest cost you can get and accept a higher rate for that short period.
If you expect to live there for more than 5 years pay some of the costs up front in order to get the lowest rate for many more years.
Next, take your preferred strategy to 4 different possible Lenders:
1. Your current Lender.
2. A local Credit Union.
3. A good Mortgage Broker.
4. A Major retail Bank i.e. BofA etc.
Ask each to give you a quote based on your situation. If you are not asked how long you plan to stay  in your  house get up, walk away, and go look for a professional.
One more thought. If tempted by an online or other mortgage advert, good luck, but be wary of the very common bait and Switch tactics often used in this business.
And last but not least, be aware that APR is a very flexible statistic which can be manipulated and interpreted in numerous ways. It is not a valid way to sellect a mortgage.

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