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Home Refinancing - Refinancing your Mortgage

Updated on January 31, 2012
Refinancing your home might be a great idea
Refinancing your home might be a great idea

Mortgage Refinancing

Many people consider refinancing their mortgage on their home when interest rates go down. This allows them to take advantage of a lower interest rate and benefit financially and makes a lot of sense. In the last couple of years, and especially this year I seem to hearing about it more and more. With the economy, many people are opting to do refinance. It is appealing to them to arrange for a whole new mortgage at a lower rate. Some are opting for a different term.

As we see, interest rates change all the time, and sometimes dramatically. Often, what seemed like a great rate at the time of the original agreement, can seem to be very high later on. Rates can go down, and you can feel stuck paying a much higher rate just because of how things were when you originally got into it. So, its nice to have the refinancing option and it has helped many people. Doing a refinance can sometimes bring your own payments down to be in line with what others are paying.

Cost of Refinancing

The cost of refinancing can vary, but it often the fees can be steep, so look into all the facts first before you take the plunge. For instance, you have to pay the up front fees all over again even if it has just been a few years since you initially got your mortgage. Sometimes, depending on your lender they may want to help with these costs or give their advice on what to do. If you are going with a whole new lender however, don't expect any favors. Again, asking around to friends and family can be helpful, and coming up with a list of questions you have when considering refinancing with either your current lender or a new one.

Whatever you do, find a lender that you feel completely comfortable with, and that is willing to take the time to sit down with you and discuss everything fully. We have a lender that is very friendly, and that we can ask questions through email as we see interest rates changing. Whenever we visit their offices, the offer sodas or coffee, and a really welcoming atmosphere that is very open and hospitable. I know for us, we really appreciate the openness and honesty when we ask questions, and welcome the advice. It has been going on a few years now, and we still feel very comfortable with our lender, and I am not sure if it is too good to be true or not, but we aren't finding any reasons to look elsewhere. I share this so that if you perhaps have had the opposite experience, that you can know there are some great lenders out there that you might want to seek out.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much, Samsons. Glad you stopped by.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and useful! Well written with detailed information. Thanks for this useful advice...