More and more homeowners around the country have decided to refinance their home to consolidate debts, for making home improvements or to pay off their mortgage faster.
If you are considering home mortgage refinancing, it is a good idea to first understand what is actually involved in refinancing your home. Home mortgage refinancing involves obtaining a secured loan in order to pay off an existing loan. In most cases, the loan will have been secured by either property or some other type of assets. The most common reason for refinancing a home mortgage is to take advantage of a lower interest rate. This is especially true in the event you have had an adjustable rate mortgage or you financed your home some years ago.
Even if it does not seem that interest rates have gone down that much since you first financed your home, you may be surprised to learn how much difference even a small amount of interest reduction can make in your payments. In addition, changing circumstances may allow you to now qualify for a lower interest rate that was not possible when you financed the home. This is because interest rates are not only based on the prevailing interest rate at the time you finance the home but on other factors as well including your down payment amount and your credit rating. If your credit rating has improved since you first purchased your home, you may be in a very good position to now qualify for a lower interest rate with a home mortgage refinancing.
Another common reason for home mortgage refinancing is to actually reduce the length of your mortgage loan. For example, if you originally had a 30 year fixed rate loan you might wish to consider refinancing to a 10 or 15 year loan. This type of mortgage refinance allows you to pay off your mortgage sooner and over the duration of the loan save far more money in interest payments. In many cases, you may also be able to take advantage of receiving extra cash from your refinance while lowering your monthly mortgage payments if rates are lower. Of course, another option would be to keep your payment the same and pay off the loan even faster while also enhancing the equity.
You might also consider refinancing your home in order to pay off higher interest credit card bills. Typically, the interest rate you will be able to obtain on a home mortgage refinance loan will be lower than what you pay on your credit cards. There is also the convenience factor of being able to only pay a single loan payment every month versus multiple credit card payments. You should understand that with this type of loan, your home will serve as security for the loan until it is paid off.
Regardless of which type of home mortgage refinancing you ultimately decide is best for you, it is important to remember that you may also be able to take advantage of important tax advantages as well. Consult your tax advisor to find out whether you can deduct the interest on your home equity loan. You may be surprised to discover that it is completely tax deductible; something that can not be said for credit card interest.