Now is the time to lock in a low interest rate for the period of your home loan. Refinancing your home could result in lower monthly payments, or even paying off your loan sooner while still making the same monthly payment. Use this calculator to determine if refinancing your home makes sense for you.
Original Loan Amount
Enter the current loan amount of your current mortgage.
Current Interest Rate
Enter the current interest rate on your mortgage.
Current Mortgage Term
Enter the current term of your mortgage in years.
New Mortgage Term
Enter the new term of your mortgage in years.
New Loan Amount
Enter the loan amount of new mortgage. Including any cash back you want to take out. Do not add closing costs here. We will calculate them for you.
New Interest Rate
Enter the interest rate on your new mortgage.
Discount points are a form of pre-paid interest that you can pay as a means of obtaining a lower mortgage interest rate. One point equals 1% of the loan amount. Enter the discount points on your new mortgage.
Origination points are a fee that a lender charges for originating the mortgage. The average origination fee equals one percent of the loan amount. You don't necessarily have to pay origination points, but if you don't pay this upfront fee, you can expect to get a higher interest rate on your mortgage. Enter the origination points on your new mortgage.
Enter any closing costs including apprasials, settlement fees, etc. Do not include origination or discount points.
Years to Sell or Refinance
Enter the number of years you plan to hold this mortgage before you either sell the property, refi or pay it off.
Yearly Property Taxes
Enter your estimated yearly property taxes for your new mortgage. Property taxes are usually calculated as a percentage of your home's assessed value. For example, if you pay 0.5% in property taxes of the assessed value, a home assessed at $270,000 would have a yearly property tax bill of $1,350.
Yearly Property Insurance
Enter your estimated property insurance for your new mortgage. Lenders require that you carry home owners insurance on the property to protect their investment should a catastrophic accident occur.
Appraised Property Value
Enter the appraised value of your property. This value is used to determine if you need to pay mortgage insurance. Lenders require mortgage insurance if your loan to value ratio is less than 20%.
Principal & Interest Payment
This is the principal and interest portion of your payment calculated from the data entered to the right.
Taxes and Insurance
Annual property tax and insurance are used to determine your total monthly mortgage payment. The tax and insurance annual payments are proportioned over 12 months and subtracted along with mortgage insurance to determine your principal and interest payment.
Mortgage insurance is a policy that insures the lender against loss should the homeowner default on a mortgage. Normally, if you have a down payment of 20% or greater you do not have to pay mortgage insurance. For the purposes of this calculation we calculate estimated mortgage insurance based on the value you entered for your home and the new loan amount.
Total payment of your current and new mortgage based on the input to the right.
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