Refinancing is often used to lower your interest rate. If rates have dropped since you last financed your home, you may want to consider refinancing. Other common reasons to refinance include paying off a balloon payment, converting an adjustable rate loan to a fixed rate loan or to extract cash equity in your home (cash out). A few reasons for cashing out include: home improvement, an education fund, and consolidating debt.
Another way to convert equity in your home to cash is a "home equity" loan. A "home equity" loan is an alternative to refinancing if your home loan has a very low rate compared to current interest rates or if you have a prepayment penalty on your loan.
- Reduce Your Interest Rate
- Reduce Length of loan
- Cash Out Equity for Home Improvements
- Consolidate Debt
- Lower Monthly Payments
Paying points can help you attain a lower interest rate. When you pay (on average) 3% of the loan amount initially, the savings for the term of the refinanced mortgage can be substantial. Please talk to a tax professional before acting on advice that any paid points can be deducted on your taxes.
Doing the Math
Speaking of taxes, when your interest rate is reduced, it follows that you'll also be lowering the interest amount that you may deduct on your federal income taxes. This is one more cost that some borrowers consider. Call us at 804-262-3514 to help you do the math.
Ultimately, for most the amount of up-front costs to refinance are made up very quickly in monthly savings. We will work with you to figure out what program is ideal for you, considering your cash on hand, the likelihood of selling your house in the near future, and how refinancing might effect your taxes.