Refinancing a mortgage means paying off an existing debt and replacing it with a new one.
When refinancing, you can consolidate debt, adjust loan terms, lower your monthly payment, or even take some cash out of the equity in your house to pay bills or make improvements.
Lowering the interest rate on your current loan is among the best reasons for refinancing.
Typically, refinancing makes sense if you can lower your interest rate by at least 2%. However, many lenders assert that 1% savings is a sufficient inducement to refinance.
A mortgage calculator can be a useful tool for planning some of the expenses.
Borrowers typically receive a lower interest rate at the beginning of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
However, the interest rate may change after a predetermined period (often 5, 7, or 10 years), and not necessarily in the borrower’s advantage.
Because of this, some homeowners choose to convert their adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed-rate loan, which eliminates this fluctuation in interest rate.
Refinancing is not always necessary to remove private mortgage insurance from a traditional loan.
You can get rid of PMI without paying off your loan, unlike FHA MIPs. As soon as you have enough equity—typically 20%—you can ask for cancellation.
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