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Hello, I'm wanting to refinance my VA loan, since my credit score has gone up.  I get tons of junk mail about it. I just want to know who's legitimate, please. This is my first home and first year of my VA loan.

 

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Jason.

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It would require many more details for us to advise you.  However, some general principals apply: 1.  If you dont plan on staying in your home "At least" the next 4 or 5 years, you are probably b

We were in this same situation a few years ago  we finance at 5.5%   back when the interest rates were up  obviously...we refinance with a better interest rate about 12/13 years ago. They do have

Thanks for that. Yes, If we can get a 2.5 or less, that would be great. I think I'll wait a little longer. I want to have the best credit to get the lowest rate. If I get the lower rate, I'll use the

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It would require many more details for us to advise you.  However, some general principals apply:

1.  If you dont plan on staying in your home "At least" the next 4 or 5 years, you are probably better off staying where you are at because the costs of refinancing your loan "takes time to be recovered" with a lower payment.  

2.  It makes a huge difference what interest rate you are paying now.    Most of the time, you dont want to refinance "unless" your new interest rate is about 2 percent lower.  So, if your old rate is 5% and you can get 3%, its probably worth it provided that you stay in your home for 5 years or more.  

3.  It also makes a huge difference in "how much it costs to refinance".  Do not "buy into" their statements that its free.  It isnt.  If the company charges 2000 to refinance, this means your principal balance goes "up" 2000 dollars.  So, if you saved 100 dollars each month, with a lower payment, then it would take 20 months to break even.  BUT WAIT!!!  That sounds good, but its not so.  

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     You owe 100,000 (I like round numbers).  Your interest rate is 6 percent but you have been paying on that loan for 10 years.  You only have 20 more years to go and it will be paid off.  Again, lets say it costs 2000 to refinance, and your new principal you owe is 102,000.  Again, lets say your payment goes down 100 per month.  So, you break even after 20 months right?  Wrong!!  After 20 months YOU STILL OWE and have to pay 28 more years, and if you kept your old loan, you would only need to keep paying 18 more years, so you wind up paying payments for 10 more years!!!

      Dont forget that!!  (Someone "selling" you a loan often forgets to tell you that, even tho you save 100 per month, you pay for 10 more years!  That is not a good deal!

     If you have 20 years to go, and have lived in your home, figure the cost refinancing it for 20 years..not the 30 years that sounds like a lower payment.  

      You really have to analyze it carefully, and fortunately Im a math nerd and can figure it out, but I cant crunch numbers when I dont have any numbers to crunch!

       I know you want a simple answer, but its a complex problem and it takes a more thought out answer.  

      

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Thanks, I just wanted to get a lower interest rate. I'm less than a year into my loan. I'll keep researching.

 

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If you lived there only a year, then its unlikely it makes sense to refinance, "unless" your current interest rate is over 4 percent.  If a new loan is only a half percent, or 1 percent less, then it probably wont make sense to refinance  now.   

Any savings you would have would likely be absorbed by the costs of refinancing.  But, dont take my word for it, put a pencil to the numbers.  You may have special circumstances where this makes sense.  

I refinanced my truck last year.  Basically I got a bunch of incentives only available if I financed through GM.  So, I got my incentives and refinanced through my credit union at a lower rate, and it cost almost nothing to refinance (under 50 dollars or so). 

      

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