Chris Brown Mortgage Review
Dan left me a voicemail and I could tell by his voice, he was scared, nervous, and not sure where to turn for help. He shared that he and his wife, Cindy, are 72 years old, that their house is upside down, and that they were getting solicited daily to refinance. Fortunately Dan and Cindy were introduced to us by one of our clients. Dan shared, “I feel like we have someone we can trust and Dave said you’re a straight shooter.”
Initially, we started researching to see if Dan and Cindy’s loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which would make their loan HARP eligible to refinance. Unfortunately, neither Fannie nor Freddie own their loan…SHOOT! However, as part of our refinance process, we always pull a copy of the mortgage so that we can recreate the existing loan to determine how much interest has been paid thus far, how much interest remains to be paid, and if refinancing truly makes financial sense. In doing so, we determined that Dan and Cindy’s loan is an FHA mortgage and based on when they originally took out their mortgage, qualified for reduced mortgage insurance premiums. Additionally, there is no appraisal needed, no income documentation needed, no asset documentation needed, and now look at how we were able to help!!! Look at their homeowners insurance savings!!!
Existing loan (30 yr. FHA) New Loan (30 yr. FHA)
Balance $166,939 $166,955
Int. rate 6.00% 3.375%
P&I $1,064.95 $738.10
MIP $81.41 $76.51
Monthly payment savings = $326.85
Homeowners insurance (had increased $900) – $3,121
New insurance – $1,069
Monthly insurance savings – $170.97
Total monthly savings is $497.82 and interest savings over the life of their loan is $53,962!
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