If you own a home, there’s a good chance you will want to refinance your mortgage at some point. Few borrowers stay with their original home loan for a full 30 years; most either refinance or sell the property long before the full term runs its course.
So, what are mortgage refinance loans and how do they work? Let’s dive into everything you need to know:
How Mortgage Refinance Loans Are Unique
A mortgage refinance is a new loan that pays off and replaces an old mortgage loan. Since mortgage loans are not typically modified, a refinance mortgage is the easiest means of restructuring mortgage debt. There are several reasons why you might do this: to lower the interest rate or payments, to shorten or lengthen the loan maturity, or to increase or reduce the loan amount.
How Does Refinancing Work?
The application process for a mortgage refinance is very similar to what you experienced when you purchased your home.
- You consult with a mortgage loan officer.
- Complete a home loan application.
- Supply the required documentation to verify your income and assets and an appraisal will be completed on your home.
You will have to pay closing costs. When the refinance mortgage is closed, the new lender automatically pays off the old mortgage lender, including any prepayment penalties and transfers any remaining funds to you. The old lender releases its claim on the home and the refinance lender files a new one.
How Do I Know If I Should Refinance?
Many homeowners start thinking about refinancing when there’s some part of the existing mortgage loan that’s no longer appealing. Examples include:
- Your payment is too high.
- Your interest rate is higher than what’s available on the market.
- Your adjustable interest rate is too volatile.
- You want to pay off your mortgage in 15 years instead of 30.
- You want to cash out your home equity.
Save time and money on your next mortgage refinance with Mid America Mortgage. We have a great selection of programs to help lower your rate, shorten your loan term, and get the cash you need today.