Refinancing 101

Refinancing involves replacing an existing loan with a new one, typically to secure better terms, lower interest rates, or access cash. This process involves taking out a new loan to pay off the old one. You can refinance any major loans that you have – school debt, personal loans, auto and boat loans, and of course the mortgage on your home. 

Common reasons for refinancing include lowering monthly payments, shortening loan terms, taking advantage of lower interest rates, accessing home equity, and switching from an adjustable to a fixed-rate interest.

Refinance loans fall into two main categories: rate and term refinances, which aim to lower interest rates or shorten loan terms, and cash-out refinances, which allow borrowers to extract additional funds from their home equity.

The refinancing process typically involves shopping around for interest rates and terms, applying for a new loan, providing documentation, and closing the loan.

Refinancing offers potential benefits such as lower monthly payments, shorter loan terms, access to cash, lower interest rates, and greater peace of mind. However, it can involve costs like application fees, early pay-off penalties, and specific to mortgages:  closing costs, appraisal fees, and mortgage insurance premiums.

Whether refinancing is a suitable option depends on individual circumstances, considering factors like credit score, interest rates, and the remaining term of the existing loan. To aid in your decision making, there are lots of free resources on the internet, such as loan payoff calculators as well as monthly payment calculators. It’s important to remember that you are in control of your finances. Lower interest rates will save you money long term. It’s never too late to refinance and there is no limit to the amount of times that you can refinance your loans. 

Talk to one of our loan officers to see how we can help you lower your monthly payments and consolidate your debt!

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