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5 Compelling Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage Now

Read Time: 2 Minutes June 27, 2024

Are you contemplating refinancing your home loan but still uncertain if it's the right move? Refinancing can offer significant financial benefits, and understanding these can help you make an informed decision. Here are five compelling reasons why homeowners choose to refinance and why you might consider doing so too.

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1. Consolidate Your Home Loans

If you have both a primary mortgage and a home equity loan or line of credit, refinancing can allow you to consolidate these into a single loan. By doing so, you may:

  • Lower Your Monthly Payments: Combining your loans can result in a lower total monthly payment, especially if the interest rates on your existing loans are higher than the current rates.
  • Reduce Total Interest Paid: Over the life of your loan, refinancing can save you money by reducing the total amount of interest you pay.

Consolidating loans simplifies your finances and can provide you with more predictable monthly payments.

2. Access Cash for Major Expenses

Refinancing isn't just about securing a lower interest rate; it's also a way to access the equity in your home for other significant expenses. This type of refinancing can be used for:

  • Home Improvements: Upgrade your home to increase its value.
  • Debt Consolidation: Pay off high-interest debts such as credit cards or personal loans.
  • Educational Expenses: Cover tuition fees or other educational costs.
  • Medical Bills: Manage unexpected medical expenses.

Accessing your home equity can provide the financial flexibility you need for various life events.

3. Eliminate or Reduce Mortgage Insurance

If you are currently paying private mortgage insurance (PMI), refinancing can be a strategic way to eliminate this expense. As your home's equity increases, you may qualify for a conventional mortgage that doesn't require PMI. This can result in substantial savings each month. Additionally, if your loan balance has decreased, refinancing might help you avoid PMI altogether.

4. Shorten Your Loan Term

For homeowners who have been making mortgage payments for several years, refinancing to a shorter loan term can be a financially savvy move. Benefits of a shorter term include:

  • Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster: Reducing the loan term allows you to pay off your mortgage more quickly.
  • Lower Interest Payments: Shorter terms often come with lower interest rates, which means you'll pay less in interest over the life of the loan.
  • Similar Monthly Payments: In many cases, you can refinance to a shorter term without significantly increasing your monthly payments, especially if interest rates have dropped since you took out your original loan.

This approach not only saves you money but also builds equity in your home more rapidly.

5. Explore New Loan Options

Refinancing provides the opportunity to switch to a mortgage that better suits your current financial situation. Whether you want to move from an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed-rate mortgage for stability, or you need a different loan structure to fit your financial goals, refinancing can help you achieve that. Here are some scenarios where refinancing might be beneficial:

  • Switching to a Fixed-Rate Mortgage: If you currently have an ARM and are concerned about rising interest rates, a fixed-rate mortgage can provide peace of mind with stable payments.
  • Adjusting Your Loan Terms: Refinancing allows you to choose loan terms that better align with your financial goals, such as extending or shortening the loan duration.
  • Improving Financial Flexibility: Refinancing might enable you to lower your monthly payments, freeing up cash for other expenses.

With so many refinancing options available, it’s worth exploring what works best for your financial situation.

Conclusion

Refinancing your mortgage can offer numerous benefits, from consolidating debts and accessing cash to eliminating PMI and shortening your loan term. Each of these advantages can contribute to improved financial health and stability. Before making a decision, consider your long-term financial goals, the current state of the market, and consult with a mortgage expert to find the best solution for your needs.

If you're ready to explore refinancing options, get in touch with one of our loan officers who can answer your questions and help you find the right mortgage solution.

If you’re looking for another cash solution that won’t impact your mortgage payment, you might want to explore a Newrez Home Equity Loan. †† Learn more here.

For even more helpful mortgage tips and news, be sure to check out our refinance articles.


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By refinancing an existing loan, the total finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan. We may transfer the escrow account balance from the current loan to the new loan. If the current escrow amount is insufficient due to changes in taxes or insurance, we may require additional money when closing on the new loan.

††The rate on your existing mortgage will not change. The Newrez Home Equity Loan program requires borrower to obtain a second mortgage at current market rates. Loan amount based on underwriting guidelines. Minimum 660 credit score. Minimum and maximum loan amounts apply. Program financing only available on properties with one existing mortgage lien and subject to maximum loan-to-value ratio. Not available in all states or territories. Other terms and restrictions apply. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

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