We have started the process of researching refinance options for our primary home. At present our mortgage balance is approximately $265,000 and we are 4 years into a 25 year mortgage with a fixed rate of 4.8%.
In 2009, we refinanced from a 6+% rate to the 4.8% rate, we paid about $4300 in closing costs with Wells Fargo. Our original loan was taken out in 2004 and was a 30 year term and was with Wachovia. We stayed with Wachovia/Wells Fargobecause the mortgage balance was counted as part of our relationship status with the bank and we received better banking privileges. But, post Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger those advantages have generally diminished and are no longer worth our loyalty.
We are now looking at a 15 year mortgage with fixed rate of 2.75% rate (option #1). Option #1 will cut 6 years off our mortgage term and will save us $181,000 versus our current loan. Our monthly payment will increase about $110 and closing costs will be about $2600.
Option #2 is a 20 year mortgage with fixed rate of 3.25% with the same closing costs of about $2600. Our monthly mortgage payment would decrease by about $185 and we would save about $145,000 versus our current loan.
Option #3 is a 20 year mortgage with a fixed rate of 3.37% with no closing costs. Our monthly mortgage payment would decrease by about $180 and we would save about $140,000 versus our current loan.
Option #2 and #3 reduce our mortgage term by 1 year.
At present we are leaning towards option #1, the monthly costs increase only $110 and we save $180,000 and we are debt free within 15 years (not counting investment property debt which I don't). We can cover the closing costs from our emergency fund or our escrow account (which is presently overfunded).