Refinance Your Home - There are several reasons why you should consider
a refinance mortgage on your home loan. When you refinance your home, you can
cut your monthly mortgage payments. In addition, you can tap into your equity,
or your home value, in order to pay off other loans and credit cards. This in
turn helps you to deduct your mortgage interest from your taxes.
How to Refinance Your Home
Now that you know the benefits with home refinance, let us now go to the
steps. The first thing you need to consider when you refinance your home is the
current trend in interest rates. Most major Sunday newspapers feature this type
of information in their real estate section. Find out the current interest
rates from local dailies or online quotes. You can also contact a mortgage
broker and speak with a real person about your home refinance questions.
If this is not your first attempt at getting financing for your home,
then you probably known that there are actually several types of loans. The
second step therefore is to identify the type of mortgage you want - whether it
is fixed, adjustable, or a combination of the two. Remember that each type may
mean a different set of advantages and disadvantages for your home refinance
The third step is comparison shopping. Compare the new interest rates to
that of your current mortgage. To do this, find out what possible monthly
payments are being spoken of with your new loan.
You can use the amount you owe on the loan to calculate what the new
monthly payment would be by using a financial calculator or an online mortgage
calculator. You'll also need to know the new loan amount (current loan amount
plus closing costs, such as points, title and escrow fees - unless you plan to
pay for them out of your pocket - the new interest rate, and the number of
months of the new loan).
To find out how much you can save with your home refinance mortgage,
subtract your current monthly mortgage payment from the new monthly mortgage
payment. The remaining balance is your monthly savings.
After you get the figure for your savings, divide it into the total cost
of the loan, which includes points, title, and escrow fees. The resulting
figure is the number of months it will take for you to recoup your investment.
Then finally, determine how long you plan to stay in your home. If you
plan to live in your home longer than it will take to recoup your investment,
then to refinance your home is probably a good idea.
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