A Guide On Home Refinancing

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As a new property owner, you may have heard about home refinancing. In some cases, your mortgage broker could have inquired if you wish to refinance your loan. Similar to other homeowners, you may be hesitant about home refinancing since you do not understand how the concept works. However, this article should help. It discusses the home refinancing concept and offers insights into when you should consider the arrangement. 

What Is Home Refinancing?

Refinancing is an arrangement where you take a new home loan to pay your old home loan. It allows you to change the terms of the original loan to suit your prevailing financial situation.  For example, once you refinance your loan, you could change the repayment schedule or the type of home loan. 

When Should You Consider Home Refinancing? 

Most banks have criteria of who qualifies to refinance their mortgage. Typically, you should have paid off a specified percentage of your home loan. Besides, you should have an excellent credit score. If you meet these requirements, you should conduct a thorough assessment to establish if refinancing will work for you. For instance, you could use the arrangement to lower your loan interest rates, reduce the monthly instalments, pay your mortgage quickly or cash out on your home's equity. Cash-out refinancing converts your home's equity into instant cash. However, it will increase your loan balance.  

What Considerations Should You Make When Refinancing Your Home?  

Below are a few home refinancing tips: 

Assess The Mortgage Market

Examine the current mortgage market to establish if the refinancing will work in your favour. For instance, if you want to lower the interest rates, check the rates set by the Reserve Bank to determine if they are lower than those on your mortgage. A mortgage broker can give insights on the willingness of lenders to offer refinancing and the additional costs you might encounter when refinancing your mortgage. 

Establish Your Home's Equity

If you want a cash-out refinance, establish your home's equity (the difference between the value of your home and your current mortgage) to determine how much money you can secure during refinancing. Ask a realtor or conveyancer to appraise the property to ensure you have accurate figures. It would be disappointing to commence the refinancing process only to find out that your home's equity is not as much as you had projected. 

Compare The Various Lenders

Ask your mortgage broker to give you a comparative analysis of the various lenders on the market. Do not rush to the lender with the lowest interest rates. Instead, consider other factors such as the lender's terms, penalties and availability of customer support services. Remember, you are signing off for a long-term relationship. Therefore, work with a lender that understands your needs. 

You now understand how mortgage refinancing works and the considerations to make when refinancing your mortgage. An experienced broker will guide you through this process and ensure you achieve your refinancing goals. 

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