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Which refinancing option is best for you?; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

Paramount Mortgage Company - St Louis

Every borrower’s situation is different.  My goal is to provide various options/loan programs that are available to meet the borrower’s needs.  When considering a refinance, the following are typical situations borrowers face:

Are you refinancing primarily to lower your rate and monthly payments? Your best option might be a low fixed-rate loan. Maybe you have a fixed-rate mortgage now with a higher rate, or maybe you have an ARM — adjustable rate mortgage — where the interest rate varies. Even if it’s low now, unlike your ARM, when you qualify for a fixed-rate mortgage you lock that low rate in for the life of your loan. This is especially a good idea if you don’t think you’ll be moving within the next five years or so. On the other hand, if you do see yourself moving within the next few years, an ARM with a low initial rate might be the best way to lower your monthly payment.

Are you refinancing primarily to cash out some home equity? Maybe you want to pay for home improvements, pay your child’s college tuition bill or possibly payoff other debt, e.g., credit cards, high interest rate loans, etc. Then you’ll want to qualify for a loan for more than the balance remaining on your current mortgage. If you’ve had your current mortgage for a number of years and/or have a mortgage whose interest rate is higher, you may be able to do this without increasing your monthly payment.

Do you want to build up home equity more quickly, and pay off your mortgage sooner? Consider refinancing with a shorter-term loan, such as a 15-year mortgage. Your payments will be higher than with a longer-term loan, but in exchange, you will pay substantially less interest and will build up equity more quickly. If you have had your current 30-year mortgage for a number of years and the loan balance is relatively low, you may be able to do this without increasing your monthly payment — you may even be able to save!

Whatever the situation, the low interest rates we are currently seeing in the market place could provide an opportunity to save money, provide some liquidity (cash out) or payoff your home at a much faster pace.

St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rates – August 18, 2010 *

  • 30-year fixed-rate 4.375% no points
  • 15-year fixed-rate 3.75% no points
  • 5/1 adjustable rate 3.50% no points
  • FHA/VA 30-year fixed rate 4.375% no points
  • Jumbo 5/1 ARM 3.875% no points
  • Jumbo 15 year fixed-rate 4.375%

For more information or if you have questions on mortgage rates in St. Louis you may contact me by phone at my direct line, (314) 372-4319, email at rfishel@paramountmortgage.com or you can visit our company website at http://www.paramountmortgage.com.

 

 


*Note- The above rates are based upon a typical sale price of $187,500 with a 20% percent down payment leaving a loan amount of $150,000 to a borrower with a 720 credit score for a loan with no discount points charged. Rates and terms will vary depending upon loan amount, home value, credit and income of borrower.

This information is provided by this author and this site for informative purposes only and is not warranted or guarteed in any way.

 

 

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