Glinkonomics (Ilyce’s take on what’s going on in the economy this week), Ilyce discusses why now is the time to refinance your mortgage.
Mortgages interest rates have come down, and now is the time to refinance your mortgage if you haven’t done so already. Three months ago interest rates were at a high of nearly 5 percent. Now they are somewhere around 4 percent. In fact, last week they were even a little below 4 percent at 3.96 percent. With these numbers, you should easily be able to refinance and find something in the 3 percent range. So what does this mean to you financially?
People always ask me if they have missed their window to refinance their mortgage, and the answer is no, but you will soon. It won’t be this year since the Federal Reserve decided to press on with $85 billion in monthly bond purchases; hoping to improve the economy. But is the government’s buying of mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low really doing anything other than propping up the stock market?
Artificially keeping mortgage interest rates low benefits Wall Street, which “supposedly” benefits companies in order to benefit people. But in reality, we’re not seeing that many more people employed. So if the Fed’s bond buying to keep mortgage interest rates low isn’t really helping the economy, who is benefiting from it?
You’re benefiting from it and I’m benefiting from it. With these low interest rates, now is the time to refinance your mortgage. You’ll be able to put more money in your pocket every single month. So get a move on and reassess where you are, and whether you can lock in something for longer.
With these savings, you can put $200 to $400 more in your pocket every month. It gives everyone who was underwater a big jump forward. And if you’re still underwater, the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) can help you. You can find out more about it at makinghomeaffordable.gov.
Less people are having trouble refinancing because the banks are doing a better job of processing HARP refinances, their own private refinances and loan modifications.
If you’re still having these problems, email me at [email protected] and I will try to help.
WSB Radio’s Ilyce Glink Show – November 3, 2013
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