A drop of just one half to three quarters of a percentage point in interest can lower your monthly payment. If you don't refinance, you may be paying too much every month for your loan, and that's never a good financial move. There are a few different ways you can lower your monthly mortgage payment.
First, you can simply refinance to a lower interest rate. A lower rate generally means a lower monthly payment.
Second, you can change the term of your mortgage. For instance, if you have a 15-year mortgage, you can lengthen the term to 30 years. Since the balance of your mortgage is spread out over a longer period of time, your payment is lower. However, if you have a 30-year mortgage and one of your financial goals is long-term savings, you may want to consider shortening your term to 20 or even 15 years. Your payment will be higher, but you will pay much less in interest over the life of the loan, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
The third way to lower your payment is to refinance to an interest-only loan. Basically, with an interest-only loan, the minimum amount you are required to pay is the amount of interest for a certain period of time, though you can pay as much principal as you like. But you get the flexibility to pay less if you need or want to divert your money elsewhere, such as contributing to your 401k or saving for your child's college tuition.
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