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While it may be tempting to refinance your mortgage to pay off your credit card debt, make home improvements or cover other expenses, there’s plenty to consider before making that move.
Among those considerations: Does refinancing make sense, and are you aware of the danger of rolling unsecured credit card debt into your secured home loan?
Among the poll findings: 56 percent who asked got a lower interest rate.
Seek credit counseling: Credit counseling services also can help by developing a plan to erase your debt in 60 months, Nitzsche says.
But if you are weighing refinancing to clear your card debt, here is what you need to do and know: Refinancing your mortgage and rolling in your credit card debt may seem like a no-brainer when you compare interest rates.
As of May 23, 2018, the average credit card interest rate on new card offers is 16.73 percent, according to Credit Cards.com’s Weekly Rate Report, while the average 30-year fixed rate refinance is 4.52 percent, according to Paying off your card debt by rolling it into a home refinance could ultimately cost you more, experts warn.
Say you have 13 years left on your mortgage, and refinance to a 30-year loan to cover your mortgage and credit card debt, “the total amount of interest could be significantly more,” says Chris Dlugozima, an education specialist with Green Path Financial Wellness.
If you have more than 20 years left on your mortgage and could refinance to a 15-year loan (average 15-year fixed rates are 3.8 percent), a refi that adds your card debt may be worth it, says Melinda Opperman, executive vice president of
Better options to pay off your card debt often include balance transfer cards, which can give you a year or more at 0 interest to erase those mounting credit card bills.
Factor these extra expenses in the equation of whether a refinancing makes sense for you.