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Q. We’re thinking about breaking our existing home mortgage to take advantage of the low interest rates we’re seeing now, and would appreciate some guidance. This is our scenario:
Mortgage principal: $572,000
Weekly payments: $746.00
Interest rate: 3.78% fixed and locked in until December  2023
Penalty fee for breaking mortgage: $33,000
If we decide to pay the penalty, we could lock into a four-year mortgage at 1.74% fixed, which looks like it would save us approximately $2,500 to $3,000 worth of interest payments.

Here’s where I think it gets interesting. If we decide to continue paying the same weekly amount of $750 that we do now, and put the extra money towards principal, the difference between that at the new weekly mortgage payment of $570 would be $175—giving us $8,400 per year to put directly towards principal. Over four years, that should allow us to reduce our principal by $33,600. 
It seems like if we should consider breaking our mortgage to take advantage of the lower rate…

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