Asked by Cfeeney52  |  Submitted April 07, 2016

What is the benefit of refinancing to a 15-year mortgage?

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April 08, 2016

You will save on interest.

Yes, your loan is paid off in half the time - but you can also pay off a 30-year loan in 15 years if you made additional principal payments. The advantage of a 15-year loan is that you will receive a lower interest rate than on a 30-year loan, which when combined with the accelerated principal, saves a ton of interest over the term of the loan.

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April 08, 2016

By "benefit" are you referring to you or the note holder? If you, is the equity in the home's value greater than the sum of all the payments?

There are 2 kinds of financing:
1. Equity financing
2. Debt financing

The benefit of equity is no debt or manageable debt and the benefit of debt is being able to afford more debt.

Certainly, you can increase your payments. Keep in mind the other side of this equation. What is the value of the investment?

For example:
A $500,000 house with 20% down payment and a 30-year fixed rate mortgage will cost you around $1 million after adding up all the payments. What will the house be worth in 30 years?

If less than this, invest those surplus or extra payments into a higher-yielding investment (tax-deferred also works). Focus on getting that $1 million in equity rather than $1 million in a house that needs to be sold or refinanced to tap into that equity.

Always do what is in your best interest. Contact us directly to discuss your situation in greater detail. No obligation.

It's not what you make, It's what you keep that determines your lifestyle.

$commenter.renderDisplayableName() | 09.23.17 @ 07:43

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April 12, 2016

The rate is lower than a 30 year fixed and also paying off the loan faster will allow you to save a ton of interest over the long haul.

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