Rules No Longer Apply
If interest rates fall below your current mortgage rate, refinancing may be a great idea. The old idea that rates must be 2 full percentage points below your existing loan is not true. A drop of as little as 1/2% could save you thousands of dollars.
A variety of loan terms, no-point rate options and lower closing cost loans have greatly decreased the rate difference needed to make refinancing profitable.
We as consumers spend substantial amounts of time trying to make our savings and investments earn more. One avenue which is sometimes overlooked is seeing how much we can decrease our debt payments. Since a mortgage is usually the largest debt we have, it pays to concentrate most on reducing that payment first.