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Americans refinancing homes in tough financial times

Americans are refinancing their homes and taking advantage of the housing market.

Americans are refinancing their homes and taking advantage of the housing market.

Americans are taking advantage of the housing market in difficult financial times by deciding to refinance their homes.

The Federal Reserve announced that interest rates would be kept at the current near-historic lows until mid-2013, which is causing more homeowners to consider refinancing, but Chicago Parent recently released advice to think about before filing.

Homeowners are encouraged by the source to consider how long it will take to break even, which is when the monthly savings pay for the up-front costs. Most homeowners rush into refinancing without considering this.

Considering a shorter-term loan for a house would also be a great option. Homeowners who applied for a 30-year note will add another five years on loan payments when refinancing if there is a long-term loan in place.

Exploring different rates and waiting to rebuild damaged credit are also important aspects of refinancing homeowners should consider. The federal government has created several options to help homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth.

With U.S. mortgage rates near their lowest levels in nearly 50 years, homeowners might rule out paying for the relocation cost to purchase a more affordable home and explore the best options for refinancing.