Are the interest rates the same between people who take a new mortgage and those who refinance?

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I want to take advantage of the decline in intest rates by refinancing my mortgage. When I search online I find a lot of rates quoted for new loans but not much for refinancing. Is it safe to assume the refinancing rates will be similar to the new buyer’s rates (with the same terms and credit rating of course)? Thanks.

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    whitneymagnolia
    February 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I would go to a reputable, bricks and mortar (physical location) of a known bank to refi. Part of the mortgage debacle was using anyone and everyone (including the big banks, though) and it is critical to be sure you know who you are dealing with and what you are dealing with! Get a referral and go with someone with a good track record. Also, start with the bank you deal with. They want to keep your business and may not charge closing costs like another lender would. The credit score will determine the “good rate” that sounds low but still depends on credit score.

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    Beyounce
    February 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

    It depends on your credit score.

    If you have paid your mortgage on time. Your present
    lender will gladly refinance to a lower rate.

    There are a lot of loan officers that are solely doing refi’s
    if you are in California I can refer you to several
    people that I deal with.

    Times are tight and the loan officers are gun shy.

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    Tres7
    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Yes but shopping for interest rates in your market in very important. Most ads that you see are teaser type ads and do not disclose all the service fees that are included. The rate may sound great but the closing cost can get you. Be aware of typical closing cost such as credit report, appraisal, recording fee, title opinion and service fee. But additional expenses can be added….watch out! Find a lender that will give you good financial advice, great rate and closing cost.

    Good Luck!

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    debberu
    February 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    For someone w/ good credit going to a regular commercial bank, the answer is yes… the rates should be the same. Refinancing has not been going on a whole lot , so many w/ their limited advertising dollars and space are targeting the new home $ $ for now.

    Good luck!

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    Op P
    February 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

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    saeed q
    February 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    It depends on your loan to value when you want to refi and if it’s a straight rate and term or cash out refi.
    Make sure to price out your loan with your LOCAL banks and mortgage brokers only.
    A lot people giving advice on here are also looking to give you a loan (its not advice, its advertising), if they are not local to you and you can’t get to them within 1 hour don’t fall for it. They say they are licensed in all 50 states, what does that mean? Which state do you have to look in first if something goes wrong? KEEP IT LOCAL; DON’T GET RIPPED-OFF BY SOMEONE IN WHO KNOWS WHERE WHICH YOU WOULD HAVE NO DIRECT ACCESS TO.

    Remember Buddha’s advice:
    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” You are the only “expert” you can trust: All brokers, and every other loan officer guru giving advice here with a .com or contact me at the end is “selling” you something (its not advice, its advertising). Don’t buy “it.”

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