Time to refinance? You've got to run the numbers - MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Question: I have a two-year-old, 15-year cash-out refi in Texas. It's now considered a home equity loan, at 6.5%. I am thinking that it does not make sense for me to refinance again at 5% to save $170 per month because I would have to pay two additional years on the back end.

The savings is net of borrowing 100% of the $5,000 in closing costs, so there will be no up-front cash out of pocket. The original loan was for $143,500 and has a balance of $131,500. By refinancing, the $1,250 payment would be reduced to $1,080 on a new loan balance of $136,500. E.L.

Answer: To make the right choice, at least arithmetically, you gotta run the numbers. Here's how:
  1. Figure out what you are going to spend by refinancing. In your case, that would be $5,000 plus, since you are going to roll that amount into the loan's principal, whatever your interest costs will be.

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