July 10, 2019

Low Rates Aren't The Only Reason To Refinance

With the recent dip in interest rates, many homeowners are thinking about their their mortgage options. Low rates aren't the only reason to refinance, though. There are quite a few circumstances in which a new loan at a higher rate is still the better choice.

While it's tempting to hold on to recession-era interest rates, it may not be the best financial decision. A lower rate will save money over the course of a 30-year mortgage, but the average career-aged home owner will relocate within 3-5 years of purchase. For these individuals and families, the savings may not outweigh the benefits of a refinance.

Three GREAT Reasons to Refinance:

Remove mortgage insurance. Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required when the original loan amount is more than 80% of the appraised value of the home (referred to as loan to value or LTV). Refinancing with a lower LTV could remove the PMI requirement and reduce monthly payments significantly.

  • Apply the extra money to the loan principle every month.

  • Save it and avoid using credit on your next vacation or large purchase.

  • Use the money to pay down your auto or student loans.

Convert equity to cash. A cash-out refinance lets qualified owners borrow against the equity in their home without a second mortgage. A new loan for up to 80% of the current appraised home value pays off the original mortgage and the home owner receives the remaining funds by check or direct deposit.

  • Pay off high-interest credit cards.

  • Get rid of medical debt, student loans or back taxes.

  • Put in a pool, buy a car or take a vacation!

Change the loan term. Although interest rates have gone up in recent years, refinancing to change the terms of the loan could still benefit many borrowers.

  • Lower payments by refinancing a 15-year loan to a 30-year loan.

  • Avoid a balloon payment by refinancing to a fixed-rate mortgage.

  • Lower rates when risk factors like credit score or debt to income (DTI) have improved.

If you aren’t sure if a refinance is a smart choice for your circumstances, call the Boles Group at Bay Equity Home Loans in Gilbert. A licensed Boles Group loan officer will review your current financial situation, find your available options and help you come up with a plan that makes the most sense for your short-term and long-term goals.


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