Don’t Delay! Act Now!
By Chris Buchheit on May 18, 2010
Home refinancing is a complicated process that can often be confusing. However, if done correctly, it can save you tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the process.
In its barest definition, home refinancing is basically taking out a new home mortgage because the interest rates dropped. Typically carried out when rates drop by several percent points, the new savings and proceedings of the new mortgage eventually pay for the old one, and the consumer ends up saving money in the long run if careful considerations are taken.
The first consideration to take is the difference in new interest rates versus the old ones. If the difference is greater than one, it might be worth refinancing your home. If it’s two or greater, it is almost surely a great idea to consider refinancing. Interest rates in today’s economy are pretty low in an effort to help home owners keep their houses, so if you are still paying a mortgage with a rate of six percent or higher, it might be a good time to refinance.
However, in order to refinance, you must first set up a consultation with your bank. Once you receive the pending approval, you must then get your home inspected and appraised again. Based on the approval of these items, your refinancing can take place. These steps might render unforeseen costs. Therefore, you should take them into consideration. For example, is there existing damage in your home that was not there when you took out the first mortgage? You must consider any aspects of your home that might lower its value and thus decrease your savings with your new mortgage. The state of the economy in determining the value of your home must not be underestimated either. Assuming your home has good value, and twenty percent or more equity, you should be in good place to refinance your home.
One last thing to consider is your lender for the mortgage. Keep a close eye on any hidden fees they might slap on you and don’t be fooled by their advertised prices.
Refinancing your home, when taking these things into consideration, can save you tons of money, especially in the long run. In this time of a troubled economy, it is definitely something worth considering.