Is Now the Best Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?
Some homeowners in their 50s are taking advantage of historic low rates to refinance their homes and score themselves a mortgage-free retirement.
Mark and Jan Sass, 55-year-olds who live in Cincinnati, Ohio, refinanced their home last week to lock in lower rates, Reuters reported. They switched from a 20-year fixed-rate loan of 4.875%, with 12 years remaining, to 10-year mortgage with a 3.5% rate.
"The opportunity to look 10 years out and know that – unless things change – we won't have a mortgage when we retire looked like a smart decision," Sass told the news agency.
A Refi surge
They aren't alone. U.S. banks have seen a recent surge in loan applications that's almost entirely due to refinancing, Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, told DailyFinance.