With mortgage rates around 3%, many of those who might benefit the most from refinancing and reducing their monthly payments aren’t able to.
Different lenders may offer the same individual wildly different rates and fees.
The details of the settlement between the states and the banks are still being hashed out. But, if you want to know if you might qualify, we’ve got some information to get you started.
I have the opportunity to refinance from 5-1/4 percent to 4-1/4 percent. The savings will be $249 a month, which we really need because we probably will need a new car next year. The payback for the closing costs (rolled into the refi) would take 2 years. However, there is a small chance we could be moving due to my job before 2 years. Should I take the lower rate to get the monthly savings or find the money for the car elsewhere? My wife's and my credit scores are high -- about 800. (Yes, Tess, I checked FICO per your constant reminding on the show.) Eric, Ringwood, NJ
In his State of the Union address, President Obama sketched out a plan to help homeowners refinance, something Allan Sloan calls 'Wall Street bailing out Main Street.'