Home Affordable Refinance Program
Regarding HARP - Home Affordable Refinance Program: Looking to take advantage of HARP, with my current situation involving a 1st position 30 year interest only mortgage on $420,000, and a 2nd position on $130,000 which is on a variable rate currently 5.5%. My appraisal came in at $385,000.
My bank has told me that I would need to make up the loan to value difference which is around $15,000 and also pay points of 1.25% on a rate of 5.375% for a loan of $405,000 (which will replace my current 1st mortgage)
Does coming up with the $15,000 to make up the loan to value difference and $3,000 in points make this a good deal?
Or, should I wait for the recent revision with the HARP program, and take advantage of the increase in loan to value with 125%?
Kate Answers: Home Affordable Refinance Program
Dear Paulo, When it comes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program or any other mortgage program, options need to be weighed.
If you have the cash to spare, are satisfied with the mortgage payment, and have a firm commitment from the lender to close the refinance immediately, that is one option for you to consider.
However if you do not have available cash to close a refinance, another option would be the 125% addition to the Home Affordable Refinance Program. Moreover, be sure to calculate the new payment based on 125% loan to value to see if it is lower than your current obligation.
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Paulo, only you can decide which is the good deal. There are many details to your situation that only you know. So consider the pros and cons carefully. Required cash, differences in mortgage payments, how quickly the refinance can close are examples of important considerations.
Home Affordable Refinance Program - Pros And Cons
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