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Average monthly savings from http://www.freddiemac.com/finance/pdf/RefiReport2013Q3.pdf
State of the Union transcript - http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/24/remarks-president-state-union-address. Further information for this can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/realestate/exploring-the-15-year-loan-for-refinancing-mortgages.html
Under provisions of the Making Homes Affordable Act(a.k.a. HARP 2.0), signed into law by President Obama, Fannie Mae has removed certain loan refinance requirements for qualifying loans including the Loan-To-Value (LTV) ceiling for fixed-rate mortgage, property appraisal, minimum credit score & credit check, and eliminated & lowered certain fees for borrowers making it easier to refinance into a lower rate mortgage, effectively reducing the amount of interest paid (and owed) over the life of the loan. More info: http://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/FHFA-Fannie-Mae-and-Freddie-Mac-Announce-HARP-Changesto-Reach-More-Borrowers.aspx
A shorter term mortgage enables such borrowers to pay down the amount they owe much faster than a traditional 30-year mortgage. Furthermore, interest rates on shorter term mortgages usually are less than on thirty-year mortgages. More information can be found at http://harpprogram.org/faq.php The Making Home Affordable Program is set to expire December of 2018 and is free http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/about-mha/Pages/default.aspx but standard refinance fees will still apply. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/01/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-plan-help-responsible-homeowners-and-heal-h
On a $200,000 loan, a homeowner in a 30 year fixed at 6.25% would end up paying the bank $443,316. That same homeowner, if they switched to a 15 year fixed at todays rate of 3.58% APR would own their home for only $250,779
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