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Zuck refis at 1.05 percent

By Polyana da Costa ·
Monday, July 16, 2012
Posted: 5 pm ET

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just got a phenomenal refinance deal on his Palo Alto, Calif., home.

The billionaire refinanced his $5.95 million mortgage with a 1.05 percent rate, according to a story by Bloomberg's John Gittelsohn and Dakin Campbell.

He got an adjustable-rate loan, which normally has lower rates than fixed-rate mortgages. But this is a superlow rate.

According to Bankrate's weekly survey, the average rate on the 1-year ARM was 3.04 percent last week.

Why did Zuckerberg get such a good deal? Let's just say banks "like" having a customer with a $14 billion net worth. It's not uncommon for banks to provide lower-than-market rates for their high-net-worth clients.

In reality, Zuckerberg doesn't even need a mortgage. But think about it. When you borrow at such a low rate, it's almost like getting free money. He will likely invest these millions elsewhere, hoping the return is higher than 1 percent. As long as he doesn't invest it all on Facebook shares, the plan will probably work.

Zuckerberg paid $7 million for his five-bedroom, 9,000-square-foot home in March of last year. This is the same home where Zuckerberg recently tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, a day after Facebook went public.

The refinance saves Zuckerberg about $2,000 per month, reducing his monthly mortgage payment to about $19,000. This is pocket change for the 28-year-old billionaire, but as a savvy investor, why pass on the savings?

What about you, how much money would you save if you refinanced your mortgage? Bankrate's mortgage calculator can help you figure that out.

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Cristina Hipolito
July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

Lucky Guy!! He deserve it! Hope he remain to be a low profiled guy as he is.

July 22, 2012 at 1:42 am

I'm sure he could "save" even more by not having a mortgage at all, which is certainly within his means. There's got to be a legal or tax reason aside from an extreme mortgage rate that he refinanced. For instance, just the interest on $11 million in a savings account @ 2.25% would make his mortgage payments for him, and I'm sure he has tax accountants that are far more creative than I can even imagine. A guy with a $14b net worth isn't worried about a mortgage that size unless there's something in it for him, such as publicity.