Should I refinance my home mortgage?

When interest rates drop, you may consider refinancing your home mortage. While there are many instances in which refinancing makes sense, you need to be careful.

First, it is common to extend the repayment period, thereby reducing the monthly payment. While this may be enticing, it will be that much longer before your home is paid off.

Second, you may be tempted to increase the amount that you borrow to finance a major purchase such as a new car. The concern here is that you'll end up paying for the car long after it has worn out.

So, be careful as you consider refinancing your home mortgage. Many have benefited by refinancing with a shorter-term loan. Not only do you get out of debt quicker, you benefit from a lower interest rate as well.

This calculator will help you evaluate your situation.

Current Loan Information
Current loan balance ($) 
Annual interest rate (%) 
Number of months remaining 
Proposed Loan Information
Annual interest rate on new mortgage (%) 
Number of months (30yrs=360) 
Loan origination fee (%) 
Other fees/discount points (%) 
Other fees: ($) 

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