Headlines abound, “The wasted 4.44% mortgage rate” or “Super-low mortgage rates haven’t stimulated home buying market” and nobody is talking about the elephant in the room. The Elephant is truth that mortgage interest rates are not the problem.
You don’t need a better mortgage rate; you need to spend less and if you have an income problem you need to earn more.
Yes, it’s nice to be able to get a low rate on a mortgage loan and rates have been low for years. A quick look at historic mortgage interest rates over the last 10 years show the average to be about 6% with the high being about 8.5% and the low about 4.44%.
The problem with refinancing a mortgage is that you start all over again at 30 years, 15 if you opt for a little higher payment. Thus you keep moving your self back to start every time you refinance. So who is getting ahead; you or the mortgage broker who makes a commission on your mortgage?
What should you do to get ahead?
- Make a budget and live by it.
- Cut up your credit cards and use cash for discretionary purchases.
- Sell anything that has a loan that will take you more than 18 months to pay off – except for your house.
- Consider selling your home if it is costing you more than 25 – 35% of your take-home pay.
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This may sound extreme, but remember that if you get debt free and find that you don’t like it you can always go back into debt.