Before I met my wife, I bought a house in April 2007, using a mortgage from my credit union. In December 2011 I refinanced this mortgage into a 4.625% fixed conforming 25-year mortgage with a Lender. Current biweekly mortgage payment is $745.04.
My wife & I bought our new primary residence in April 2013. We retained 'my' first house as an investment property. We've had a great tenant in there since June 2013 and are about to negotiate another year of lease effective June 2015. Between mortgage, utilities, taxes, minor repairs, and insurance vs. rent, we're rolling just about even and we've enjoyed the nice deprecation bump at tax time. So far, so good.
The current outstanding principal on the mortgage is $184,050.51. A payoff statement effective 4/1 suggests I'd need to bring $184,809.87 to a refinance.
Some weeks ago I saw rates were low, and we got locked in for a 15-year fixed refinance @ 3.5%. An appraisal was ordered and conducted, and the property came in at only $230,000 - far short of the $240k-$250k we expected.
With the 75% rule, the lender can not loan me more than $172,500. With closing costs and miscellaneous fees rolled in, my wife and I would be looking at writing a check for $17,251.35 at signing, including about $6k in closing costs and reserves.
We've already paid for the appraisal ($600) to it's a sunk cost if we walk away.
We hold a 0% promotional balance on our credit card through April 2016 (currently $15k). Besides the current refinance, the next-highest interest rate we carry is our primary residence (3.63%) with another lender.
I'm able to borrow up to $32k from my 401(K) at 3.75% annually.
I'm struggling with what to do. Obviously I want to find better comps in the immediate area to refute the low appraisal, but the appraiser does not work for me, and I'm told any effort here is unlikely to have any effect on the appraised value. Let the rest of this question assume we can borrow no more than $172,500 for the refinance.
All else being equal, do I:
- Do nothing. Hold on to the current mortgage @ 4.625%. Swallow the $600 appraisal charge.
- Do nothing, but prepay some principal to sweeten #1 above. How much?
- Refinance. Come up with $17K in a month or so - very possible without borrowing from the 401(K), absolutely an option with borrowing.
- Something else?
Any thoughts appreciated, thanks. Let me know if any more detail is needed. I have the latest GFE and piles of other documents in front of me.