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Mortgage Interest—Many taxpayers can deduct their mortgage interest on their residence. However, there is a limitation on this. The interest on a primary residence can only be deducted on up to $1,000,000 mortgage and $100,000 line of credit. Points paid to secure a mortgage when purchasing a new home are fully deductible. Points paid on a refinance must be amortized over the life of the loan.
What direction do you think interest rates are headed in? Homeowners have ridden the variable interest rate mortgage ride for all it's worth. The prime rate hit 20% in 1980. Since then interest rates have been in a long and steady decline. Along the way, borrowers would refinance their house and take out more cash as the value of the property was rising. Times have changed just a wee bit.