Is refinancing really a good option?

It depends on your situation.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 6:01 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Everywhere you turn, people are looking at refinancing. Let’s face it, the rates are so low-- it’s so tempting. But is it really the best idea for you?

Michael Joyce with the financial firm Agili says mortgage rates are the lowest he’s seen in his entire career.

But he says-- you don’t want to get hung up on the low rate. Instead, you want to look at how much interest you’ll be spending.

“The way mortgages amortize you pay the most interest on the first payment and then the amount of interest that gets paid with each payment goes down the further you are into the mortgage. You could have a case that you’re 8, 9 or 10 years into a mortgage with a higher rate but if you refinance at a lower rate you could end up paying higher interest,” Joyce says.

So, it’s important to factor this in before you get seduced by the low rates out there. You don’t want to just assume-- refinancing is the best option-- without first doing a little research and some basic math.

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