Refinance Your Current Home Loan
There are many reasons to consider refinancing your home. Most homeowners want to reduce their interest rate or get funds to make home improvements or pay off high-interest rate credit card balances.
Some may choose to switch from an Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARMs) to a fixed-rate loan. ARMs start low but change over time, while fixed interest rates stay locked for the life of the loan. If you’re your ARM has increased to a level that is causing a hardship, you should consider refinancing to a fixed-rate loan.
With a fixed-rate loan, your interest rate is locked-in, so you’ll always know what your principal and interest payment will be. And if rates drop or your home appreciates significantly a few years later, you can always take advantage by refinancing again into another fixed-rate mortgage at the lower rate.
Another potential reason to refinance is to leverage the benefits of switching from a 30-year loan to a 15-year loan.
Changing to a 15-year fixed-rate loan may get you a lower interest rate, and your loan will be paid off faster, saving you a substantial amount of money in the long run. Keep in mind that the monthly payment will be much higher than that of a 30-year loan, and that may make it somewhat harder to qualify for.