Mortgage refinancing is a popular option for many homeowners. Refinancing an existing loan can enable people to take advantage of interest rates that are much lower than those existing when the original or previous loan was issued. People may also refinance because they want to switch from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage. Refinancing may also occur when homeowners want to increase or decrease the terms of their mortgages.
The process of refinancing is very much like the procedure you experienced with your first mortgage application. You can approach your current lender. If you already have a good relationship with your bank or lender, you may be able to obtain a better rate, or a reduction on certain fees. If you elect to look into programs offered by other organizations, there are a number of web sites that offer overviews on mortgages. Once you have chosen a lender you want to work with, you will be required to provide information such as assets and liabilities, your credit score, employment verification, the current value of your home as well as the amount you wish to mortgage. Your lender will probably request a home appraisal. If your credit score has improved since your last mortgage, you may be eligible for a lower interest rate, and vice versa. A refinance also includes closing costs, which could be three to six percent of the amount of the principal (the amount you owe on your home). There may also be penalties for prepayment of your existing mortgage.
If you are considering mortgage refinancing, it makes sense to conduct extensive research. An interest rate that looks too good to be true often comes with inordinately high closing fees. Adjustable-rate mortgages are vulnerable to interest rate volatility. If you expect to keep your property for many years, you may be better off with a fixed-rate mortgage. Use mortgage calculators that are available online. Speak with your lender to determine the mortgage package that will work best for you.