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Is Refinancing Your Mortgage a Good Idea?
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There are times when it makes sense to refinance your mortgage. It is, however, important to have a clear financial objective in mind to be able to choose the most appropriate loan.

Since interest rates are at a 40-year low, switching to a lower rate may save you a lot of money – possibly thousands of dollars per year. There are penalties for paying your mortgage loan out prior to renewal, however, these could be offset by the extra money you save through a refinance.

What's your goal?
Before deciding whether or not to refinance, you need to determine what you want to accomplish. Remember, a refinance doesn't pay off the debt; it just restructures it, often at a lower interest rate and a different loan term than the current mortgage.

1- Reducing the interest expense is the most common goal of a refinance. But some homeowners also appreciate the ability to extend the loan back out to 30 years, reducing the monthly payment.

2- Debt consolidation is another goal of refinancing. If you have both a first mortgage and a home equity mortgage, combining the two mortgages into one fixed-rate mortgage levels out the payment over the loan term.

3- Getting cash from your home. The equity you have in your home can act like a savings account that you could access through a home equity loan or a cash-out refinance. This is usually done when you want to finance an important home improvement, pay for college or pay off high-interest credit card debt. Whatever your reason, this may be the right option for you.

When to refinance?
After determining your reasons for refinancing, you need to consider whether the timing and circumstances make this the right time to get a new mortgage.

You may be better off to stay with your current mortgage. For example, if your current mortgage has a high prepayment penalty or if you plan to move from your home in the next few years or when the monthly savings gained from lower monthly payments may not exceed the costs of refinancing.

As a rule of thumb, it pays to refinance if you can get an interest rate at least two percentage points lower than what you are currently paying. Asking yourself a few questions may help you determine if you can save money:

  • How much can I lower my current monthly payment? 
  • How long do I plan to stay in the house after I refinance?
  • How much will I pay in refinancing costs? 

How to refinance?
Refinancing is similar to the process you encountered when you closed on your first mortgage. It requires an application, credit check, new survey, and title search, as well as an appraisal and inspection fees. As you know, this process can be quite lengthy and expensive.

Keep in mind, however, that by refinancing you may extend the time it will take to pay off your mortgage. That said, there are many ways to pay down your mortgage sooner to save you thousands of dollars. Most mortgage products, for instance, include prepayment privileges that enable you to pay up to 20% of the principal per calendar year. This will also help reduce your amortization period (the length of your mortgage), which in turn saves you money.

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With Compliments of

Michele Vyge-Fraser
Real Estate Agent/ Associate Broker/ CNE®


Red Door Realty
1314 Martello Road
Chapter House
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
T: 902-830-6397
NovaScotiaRealEstate@gmail.com
www.RedDoorRealty.ca

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to open my newsletter. I hope you are finding the articles and links useful, relevant and interesting. As always, thank you for your support and for your business!

The question on most people's minds seems to be 'what will happen to our prices this year?' While some of the out of province larger markets are more subject to price fluctuations, we are fortunate that our local Halifax market still seems to be staying the course of steady progressive growth. Last year, 2019, our market tipped over to a sellers market with prices increasing almost across the board, especially for well maintained properties. 2020 is forecasted to be a continuation of the same. So is this the right time to buy or sell? Since real estate markets are cyclical, each year offers different levels of buying and selling opportunities so, in my opinion, it very much depends on your next 5-7 year goals.

Please contact me anytime to discuss your property's current market value, your possible buying or selling plans or to request a timely general market overview. In the meantime I have included a snapshot of our HRM 2019 solds by 'season' below to help you track and compare the market as we move forward into 2020.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards, Michele    


2019 Halifax Regional Municipal MLS® Solds by Season 

January to March

  • 1144 Sold MLS® Listings

April to June

  • 2639 Sold MLS® Listings

July to September

  • 1538 Sold MLS® Listings

October to December

  • 718 Sold MLS® Listings



NATIONAL MORTGAGE RATES
Term Posted
Rates*
Best
Rates*
6 Months 3.34% 3.30%
1 Year 3.59% 3.04%
2 Years 3.74% 2.89%
3 Years 3.89% 2.79%
4 Years 3.95% 2.95%
5 Years 5.34% 2.69%
7 Years 5.80% 2.99%
10 Years 6.10% 3.04%
Variable Rate 2.90%
Prime Rate ** 3.95%
*last updated: Jan 13,2020


www.RedDoorRealty.ca

Halifax Mortgage Specialist Bruce Lusby 

(902) 210-0515

http://mortgageweb.ca/BruceLusby

Halifax, Nova Scotia - updated Oct 6, 2015

Variable:

5yr @ Prime - .65% (2.05%)

HELOC @ Prime +.25% (2.95%)

Fixed:
1yr 2.29%
2yr 2.09%
3yr 2.24%
4yr 2.54%
5yr 2.54%
6yr 3.39%
7yr 3.44%
10yr 3.84%

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