Because of this, many people assume that the money they spend on their monthly mortgage payment is both a payment for a place to live and an investment.
As such, they usually assume that there is no real way to save money on their monthly payment unless they get the mortgage paid off early.
The truth is, both of these options have been around for decades, but they were misused and misrepresented in the past several years.
Many people believe that this was one of the main factors leading to the financial crisis.
While this might not sound like a lot, remember that even a one percent reduction in interest can save a homeowner over a hundred dollars a month, depending on the amount that he or she has financed. If the interest rate is lowered, there will most likely be some savings every month.
In addition, the term of the mortgage is often extended during a refinance.
Note: Be sure to only include the principal and interest portion of your monthly mortgage payment, i.e., do not include any escrow portions (property taxes, insurance, etc.).
Before starting the process, of course, a homeowner has to decide what his or her goals are with refinancing.
Typically, a refinancing is done to reduce an interest rate, save money on a monthly payment, pull cash out of a home, and/or get the loan paid off faster.
Today, nearly everyone who refinances a home is able to get a lower interest rate.
Because of this, a lot of people have simply decided that they will not even explore these options for themselves.
The truth is that these options can save a person or family thousands of dollars, but they have to be used correctly. Banks have been refinancing loans for centuries, yet only a small percentage of homeowners go through the process every year.
This is done by a professional who gives a assessment of the value of the home.