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    Refinancing question

    Is Lending Tree a good idea for someone who doesn't have much time to dedicate to refinancing?

    Also, in talking with them I may have an opportunity to go from a 30 yr @ 5.375% to a 15 yr @ 3.25% (1 pt purchased at $3K). I'm not upside down on home but of course it has devalued quite a little and I have less than 20% equity.

    Thoughts???



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Sounds good to me. Would like .5 pt for 1500 better, of course. I would check local and see if anyone could match the deal.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagocyfan View Post
    Is Lending Tree a good idea for someone who doesn't have much time to dedicate to refinancing?

    Also, in talking with them I may have an opportunity to go from a 30 yr @ 5.375% to a 15 yr @ 3.25% (1 pt purchased at $3K). I'm not upside down on home but of course it has devalued quite a little and I have less than 20% equity.

    Thoughts???
    First thing you should do is check with your current lender, they may be able to streamline you. If you don't have 20% equity, I'm guessing they won't qualify you for 3.25%, that is best case scenario right now and less than 20% equity is not best case scenario. Other things you want to consider besides just the rate, how long are you going to be in the home? (you need the interest savings to pay off the fees)



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    Re: Refinancing question

    I started out with Lending tree when I bought my house but they kept coming up with hidden costs they didnt first tell me about so I decided to look into a local bank and they did a lot better job than Lending Tree.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    If you're less than 20% will you be able to get refinanced without incurring PMI or having to take out a second mortgage?



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    Re: Refinancing question

    If you can refi now, it's a no brainer.

    Can't speak to Lending Tree, but 3.25% with a 1 point purchase seems high to me. If you can shop it around yourself you can probably do better. It'll definitely be worth it in the long run.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagocyfan View Post
    Is Lending Tree a good idea for someone who doesn't have much time to dedicate to refinancing?

    Also, in talking with them I may have an opportunity to go from a 30 yr @ 5.375% to a 15 yr @ 3.25% (1 pt purchased at $3K). I'm not upside down on home but of course it has devalued quite a little and I have less than 20% equity.

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    I just refinanced at 3.875% on a 30 year non-FHA loan and did not pay points. Paying that much to get a bit lower on a 15 year loan seems high to me.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Your local bank should be able to offer under 4% for 30 years as long as your loan to value is below 95%. 15 year rate can be as cheap as 3.25%, these prices including no buying of points.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    It's probably too late, but my experience with Lending Tree led me to believe that every banker in the known world now had free reign to contact me by phone or email for the rest of my life, do-not-call-list be damned.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by chrismiller4isu View Post
    Your local bank should be able to offer under 4% for 30 years as long as your loan to value is below 95%. 15 year rate can be as cheap as 3.25%, these prices including no buying of points.
    I don't know if that's true or not, but if so, you're going to be buying PMI, which will offset a lot of the lower interest rate.


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    Re: Refinancing question

    when i refinanced a few months ago, i could not find a single positive review for lending tree.

    I called a few local banks (and brokers), but ended up going through ing direct online... if you're at 20% down, i highly recommend them; very low rates (their 5 year arms and balloons are mid 2%'s right now i believe.. fixed can't be much higher) and fees

    *edit*: nevermind, just looked at their site: they don't have the standard fixed rate loans


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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by Naughtius View Post
    I don't know if that's true or not, but if so, you're going to be buying PMI, which will offset a lot of the lower interest rate.
    I just got approved today through First Federal in Ames at 3.25 for 15 years...after the appraisal I was able to waive PMI also



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by Naughtius View Post
    I don't know if that's true or not, but if so, you're going to be buying PMI, which will offset a lot of the lower interest rate.
    Your PMI is only until you get down to 80%, whether you go with a bank, credit union or online institution you have to pay PMI insurance. And its true because i work at a bank.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagocyfan View Post
    Is Lending Tree a good idea for someone who doesn't have much time to dedicate to refinancing?

    Also, in talking with them I may have an opportunity to go from a 30 yr @ 5.375% to a 15 yr @ 3.25% (1 pt purchased at $3K). I'm not upside down on home but of course it has devalued quite a little and I have less than 20% equity.

    Thoughts???
    A lot of the lenders they use charge outrageous orignination fees, as others have said talk to your local bank. I tried Lending Tree a few years ago, and at least two of the lenders were a 2% origination fee, went back to my current lender, and they didn't charge me a dime to originate. Other thing with Lending Tree, your credit report takes a whole bunch of hits because they are shopping you around. You can have up to three at no damage to your credit score, but over three and it may hurt you.

    The 3.25% is the rate for the perfect borrower. Most likely a 780 credit score, more than 20% equity, low debt to income ratio.



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    Re: Refinancing question

    Quote Originally Posted by chrismiller4isu View Post
    Your PMI is only until you get down to 80%, whether you go with a bank, credit union or online institution you have to pay PMI insurance. And its true because i work at a bank.
    Yep. OP indicated he was >80% CLTV. I work for a mortgage co.


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