Mortgage Refinancing

by Ray Lam

Mortgage is a long term loan and the mortgage monthly payments form a major monthly expense. A lower mortgage rate means lower monthly mortgage payments. This is one reason why people hunt for low interest rates on a mortgage.

As we know, there are two types of mortgage rates i.e. fixed and floating, and different people prefer different types of rate. Again, the prevailing market rate keeps changing all the time. So it’s quite possible that you entered a mortgage at a rate that is higher than the current rate. This is when you begin thinking of mortgage refinancing. By mortgage refinancing we mean full payment of the current mortgage loan by entering into a new mortgage loan at a lower rate. So mortgage refinancing starts making sense as soon as the difference in the mortgage rates becomes significant (say 1.50-2% points) i.e. prevailing market rate comes down significantly as compared to the mortgage rate on your current mortgage.

Before you decide to refinance you mortgage you need to weigh the costs against your potential savings. The costs you pay to refinance are very similar to the costs you paid when taking out your original mortgage. Ideally you will want to recoup all of these expenses within two years in order to make refinancing worth your while. Typical fees for refinancing your mortgage include administrative lender fees, appraisals, credit reports, and underwriting fees.

Another reason for mortgage refinancing is ‘need for money’. So, if you have built a significant home equity, you can use mortgage refinancing to get a home mortgage loan that will generate cash for you (by bartering your home equity). This money generated from mortgage refinance can be used for various purposes like financing the education of children, debt consolidation or home renovation. Debt consolidation is one large reason for mortgage refinancing. You can use mortgage refinance for creating money to get rid of high interest debts (like credit card debt, personal loans etc) and hence save money and your credit rating too.

Saving money with a lower payment isn’t the only reason to refinance. Refinancing for more favorable terms, a different lender, or even to borrow against the equity in your home are all valid reasons for refinancing your mortgage. You can learn more about your mortgage options, including expensive mistakes to avoid with a free mortgage tutorial.

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