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The 5 Most Important Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage Loan

Read Time: 2 Minutes June 03, 2020

If you’re a homeowner, the thought of refinancing your mortgage probably comes to mind often. Many homeowners are not only uncertain if they should refinance, but they often have little idea what’s involved in the refinancing process.

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1. Reduce Your Interest Rate
When rates drop, you could reduce your monthly mortgage payment. For example, on a $200,000 mortgage with an original interest rate of 5.5%, refinancing to a 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.0% would reduce your monthly payment by $679.34/month. Use our refinance calculator to run the numbers for your own scenario.

2. Shorten Your Loan Term
If you’ve been making mortgage payments for several years, you may be able to refinance to a shorter loan term and pay about the same amount each month. For some homeowners, it may even be possible to shorten your loan term AND pay less each month. As a borrower, you should inquire about your options and term availability to see if refinancing makes financial sense for you.

3. Consolidate Your Home Loans.
If you have both a mortgage and home equity loan or line of credit, consider refinancing both loans into one. Depending upon the interest rates, you may be able to lower your total monthly payment amount and/or the total amount of interest you pay over the life of your loan.

4. Pay Other Major Expenses or Debts
There is another option available to tap into your home’s equity to get the cash you need. Newrez Home Equity Loan†† is our new loan program built specifically for homeowners looking to tap the equity in their house without giving up their current mortgage. Keep your primary mortgage interest rate on your current loan when you secure a second mortgage. Just like a cash-out refinance, your money can be put toward home debt consolidation, as well as for projects, education costs, and more. 

5. Eliminate or Reduce Your Mortgage Insurance
If you pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) each month, refinancing may be a smart way to eliminate PMI, especially in this market where home values are rising nationwide. The equity in your home may have increased to 20% or more, in which case you should be able to refinance to a conventional mortgage that doesn’t require PMI. In some cases, you may be able to lower your loan balance as well as avoid paying PMI.

6. Explore Your Loan Options
If your current mortgage isn’t working for you, consider refinancing to stop sweating the monthly mortgage payment and regain your financial control. Refinancing may enable you to switch to an entirely different home loan with unique benefits.

With so many refinancing options available, you may want to throw open that refinancing window! Get in touch with one of our loan advisors and discuss your mortgage situation or apply now here. They will be able to answer any questions and help you find a solution that’s just right for you.

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


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*https://www.corelogic.com/intelligence/homeowner-equity-insights-q4-2023/

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.

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