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No benefit to refi with current lender?

High closing costs could kill deal

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DEAR BENNY: I am shopping for a new mortgage (I will refinance about $160,000 remaining on a condo worth about $300,000) and discovered my mortgage holder wants about $2,200 in closing costs. I just financed with this bank three years ago and have stellar credit. There seems to be no special benefit for refinancing with this lender. Their broker told me as much. I don't understand why they wouldn't want to keep a good customer. Any insight? --Janelle DEAR JANELLE: I am not a defender of banks, but just because the bank performed a title search and a refinance three years ago does not mean that there are no clouds (i.e., impediments) on your title now. The bank must have clear title in order to make you a loan. Accordingly, it must again perform a title search. Additionally, there are administrative costs that have to be paid because the lender will have to look at your financial situation again. There will also be closing (escrow) costs to the settlement attorney or title...