Friday, November 8, 2013

Golden Tips for Refinancing your Mortgage

Interest Rates
Interest Rates (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)
Mortgage rates are going through a good phase now. The interest rates for thirty ear mortgages are at a low end. This means that it is good news for all those who are looking to refinance their mortgages in the hopes of getting a better rate of interest. Many financial experts have opined that if you are looking for a good time to refinance your mortgage then that time is now. Low interest rates mean that you will be able to save more money. So if you have around 20 per cent equity on your house and a credit score of at least 740, then a creditor could give you a good refinancing package. 

If you are a homeowner looking for a refinance then here are some things that you should do and consider before taking the plunge. These are some of the things that experts recommend home owners should do.

Look around


The funny thing about mortgage interest rates is that they can shift really drastically from place to place. So don’t despair and lose hope if you a creditor is offering you a high rate of interest. Do a lot of research into different places before you make a choice. There are quite a few financial websites where you will find reviews of lenders. Also remember not to blindly go in for the interest rates alone. Look at things like customer support, fees, etc. Experts say that interest rates can differ by 1 percent or even more from lender to lender. That can translate into a huge difference in your monthly payments.

Don’t jump for a low rate


It is vital to remember that when you are refinancing a mortgage, there are many costs like closing costs which you will have to pay. These can be quite high. So if you already have a mortgage with a low rate of interest like 5 percent and the rates have dropped to 4 percent, it might not be an excellent idea to refinance. Think of how many months you will take to cover the closing costs and so on. Don’t go in for a refinance if you are not able to cut the rate of your mortgage by at least 0.5 percent or more.

There’s always a closing cost


Many refinancing offers will come with the tempting “no closing costs” line. Don’t fall for it. There will always be some costs for the loan. Even if it isn’t called “closing cost”, companies will charge you something or the other in some form. If they don’t call it closing costs, they could call it “up front charges” where you will be asked to pay an amount to cover certain expenses. It could be added to your new loan principal, instead of being charged separately as closing costs. In case you do happen to find a no or low cost refinancing, you will notice that the rate of interest is slightly higher than the others. They will find some way or the other to recover the money from you.

The best thing to do is to as your creditor to show you all the options available. Ask for a clear breakdown of all the costs you will incur if you do go in for a refinancing. Then, you can choose the one best for you. The main thing to take away from all this is that there will always be costs involved in a refinancing, and if you are aware and are able to handle it, then you can go ahead.

About the author

Jon has been working as a senior loan officer for a bank since the last eight years at RateZip. He advises homeowners on the kinds of mortgage options available to them. In his free time, Jon loves to read graphic novels.

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