The economic turmoil of 2008 has left few bright spots, but here's one, mortgage rates have plummeted to a historic low! Rates on 30 year fixed loans are hovering around 5 percent, the lowest level since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971. "SHOULD I REFINANCE?" The general guidelines described here below will give you a better idea if refinancing is right for you. You SHOULD re-finance if: • your actual interest rate is approximately 1% higher than the market rate; • you are in any kind of adjustable rate mortgage or interest- only product; • you want to lower the term of your mortgage (example: from a 30-year mortgage to a 15-year mortgage); • you currently have two mortgage liens and could consolidate them into one; • you now have 20% equity in your home which gives you the opportunity to eliminate private mortgage insurance (PMI). You SHOULD NOT re-finance if: • you will be moving in the next two years; • your existing mortgage has a pre-payment penalty that your mortgage company won't waive; • the value of your home is less than your loan amount. Whether you are interested in refinancing your existent home or are considering purchasing a new property, you are poised to capitalize on the lowest rates since 2003. I am looking forward to assisting you, your friends and business associates with all their lending needs. Please call me today at (512) 964-4597.