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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.

Here’s The Good News

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These days when every mass media empty suit is competing to see who can spread the most gloom and doom let me point out one very positive outcome of all this, especially for the Real Estate Market.

It’s great for mortgage interest rates. When stock markets go down it’s because a lot of people are selling. Where do you think they put the money received from the sales?

How about the traditional safe haven BONDS? This drives up the prices on Bonds.

When Bond prices go up, interest rates go down. That is exactly what happened yesterday when we saw 2 reductions and modified rate sheets during one day.

If your mortgage was in process you might have received a call late yesterday to discuss locking in the interest rate.