By Matt Allen
Vice President, Portfolio Lending (NMLS #415037)

Why Aren’t More Americans Refinancing to Save Money?

Sep 08, 2021

  • Cash-out Refinance
  • Mortgage Rates
  • Rate and Term Refinance
  • Refinancing

According to a new Bankrate survey, a majority of Americans are missing out on lowering their monthly mortgage payments by not taking advantage of low interest rates and refinancing. The survey states that 74% of homeowners with a mortgage since before the pandemic have not refinanced.

Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate chief financial analyst, says with current record-low rates, most Americans can save a significant amount of money. “Cutting the monthly mortgage payment by $150 or $250, possibly more, can create valuable breathing room in the household budget at a time when so many other costs are on the rise,” says McBride.

The most-cited reasons respondents haven’t refinanced include: wouldn’t save enough (32%), closing costs too high (27%), too much paperwork (23%), plan to move or pay off loan (14%), and credit score too low (12%).

An easy way to see how much you could save each month by refinancing is to use a refinance calculator. Some borrowers could save thousands a year by refinancing and lowering their interest rate.

The survey also asked why homeowners would want to tap into their home equity with a cash-out refinance. The most common responses were (respondents could have more than one choice): home repairs and renovations (60%), consolidating debt (40%), and keep up with bills (19%).

If you would like to speak with one of the experts at NASB to see if a refinance is right for you, give us a call at 855-465-0753 or click here for more information.