After the recession, consumers came to regard refinancing as a bad word. It brought them back to traumatic times when they were forced by financial hardship to rethink their debts, especially the biggest one most people will ever carry: a mortgage. Refinancing, however, can carry positive associations as well. Find out more about what it means to refinance and how this could benefit you.
Reasons to Refinance
There certainly are instances when consumers choose refinancing because they feel trapped by high mortgage repayments and are falling behind. There might be other debts they have to cover too such as a young person’s college fees, credit card bills, or the cost of a new car and the entire load is sucking them dry. Bankruptcy is their next step.
Many consumers choose to refinance a mortgage because they can see the benefits of taking out a loan against the equity in their homes. Refinancing allows them to secure a considerable amount of money in order to add an extension, replace the roof, install new windows, or switch over to a solar thermal water heating system. It is cheaper and easier to obtain money in this way than to set up a brand new loan.
Sometimes this arrangement frees up money so home owners are able to do something frivolous like take a holiday or enjoy regular treats they would not ordinarily be able to afford. Householders restructure their mortgages in this manner to cover ongoing emergency costs or one-time medical bills.
Debt consolidation can all be carried under one file: your mortgage file. Pay a single fee each month to cover all of your outstanding debts at a single, low interest rate. Finally, if interest rates are lower today than when you first signed up for a loan, take this opportunity to use your home’s equity to secure a lower interest rate and refinance your mortgage if you are not locked in.
How a Refinancing Arrangement Works
There are two ways to obtain funds: as a lump sum or as a regular pay check. The first one is ideal when a surprise bill lands on your doorstep or you are considering a big project or holiday that is going to cost you thousands of dollars. The second option — a line of credit — gives you freedom to undertake regular treatment not covered by your medical insurance (therapeutic massage or acupuncture, for instance) following an accident. Find money for regular, enjoyable outings or to cover monthly expenses incurred when a loved one requires in-home care.
The new mortgage could either cover the same duration at a different rate or could be extended with lower payments. Either way, there is far less hassle taking this route than trying to set up a new deal. Although you will probably have no trouble arranging a loan if you have been making mortgage repayments for a long time, there is less paperwork when two parties have already been engaged in a professional relationship for some years. You are the ideal refinancing candidate with a great repayment record and a solid credit rating.