Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about getting a new home mortgage. Read through each of them to better understand the concept of home refinancing.
- What is refinancing and what types are there?
Refinancing is simply the process of getting a new home mortgage to replace your existing one. There are various loan terms available for you to choose from. The most common ones are the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or even way up to 40 to 50 years.
- Is it financially safe to get a new home mortgage?
Refinancing can most likely lower your current interested rate to an adjustable or fixed mortgage. That said, refinancing may well be the solution to your financial problems. Refinancing also allows you the chance to change from your current adjustable rate to a fixed rate and vice versa. It can also allow you to take some cash out from your equity, lower your interest rates and your overall monthly mortgage payment. These benefits can be enjoyed only with refinancing, but at the expense usually of longer, renewed mortgage terms.
- How much do I pay for refinancing?
Getting a new home mortgage may cost you some fees and charges which may include application fees, appraisal and legal fees, closing and other related charges. There are lenders who offer low cost, or even “no cost” refinancing at the cost of higher interest rates, or deductible from the lump sum mortgage to be issued. It is not really “free” per se, but you do not pay up front for the mortgage.
- Is it a good idea for me to refinance?
It may or may not be a good idea to refinance. The answer to this depends on individual circumstances and your financial goals. Refinancing may be a good idea if you want to lessen your monthly payment or reduce your interest rates. However, you should consider other factors as well such as your length of stay in your home, the points you are willing to pay, your home equity, and so on.
- Is it necessary that I pay points to get lower interest rates?
The choice of whether to buy points is also entirely up to you, depending on what you want to achieve. Points are usually tax deductible in small increments. You can use this to your advantage as well.
- How long will it take me to get a new home mortgage?
Refinancing usually takes about two weeks to a month depending on a few factors. If you had a fairly recent home appraisal, or if you can get appraisal service easily, you can refinance as soon as just a little over a week. During refinancing peak seasons, it might be difficult to get an appraisal, and you will experience delays in refinancing.
- How do I shop for a great new home mortgage deal?
Try to get in touch with at least three lenders and check on each of their loan terms, programs and rates. You can do your canvassing online or through phone.
- Can I still refinance even if my credit rating is not so good?