All opinions are those of Michael Haigh or the Guest Blogger featured.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC


Simple Real Estate Definitions : Refinance

The 1003 -- a mortgage applicationA mortgage is a contract between a bank and borrower, defining the terms by which a home loan must be repaid.

The paperwork, signed by both parties, includes provisions for things like:

  • The interest rate
  • The length of the loan
  • The amount of money to be borrowed

But, like all loans, a mortgage loan can be paid off at any time. So, when market interest rates fall, homeowners will often exercise their right to an “early payoff” by securing a new loan that pays off the old one.

This process is most commonly known as a refinance.

A refinance is the changing of the loan terms against a property, often for a better interest rate or a lower monthly payment. When the refinance process is complete, the original lender’s loan is paid in full using the money from the new lender’s loan and the former’s relationship is officially terminated.

There’s no rule against how many times a person can refinance, nor is there an easy way to determine whether or not a refinance makes sense. In general, if you can reduce your monthly payment while limiting your closing costs, to refinance is a smart decision.

However, there are other reasons to refinance, too, including:

  1. To convert from an ARM into a fixed rate mortgage (or vice versa)
  2. To extract equity for paying off third-party debts or for cash
  3. To extend a loan from 15 years to 30 year for payment relief

Because there are fewer third-parties involved with a refinance, it’s often simpler and less expensive than a comparable purchase transaction. The paperwork stack is often smaller, too.

Be Sociable, Share!

Related posts:

  1. Simple Real Estate Definitions : Amortization
  2. Simple Real Estate Definitions : FICO
  3. Simple Real Estate Definitions: Discount Points

About

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!

  • About the Team

    The Michael Haigh Team specializes in providing a professional, efficient and educational loan experience. We strive to find you the best real estate loan to suit your needs without putting you at risk—even if it's not from us! Our site will provide you with a plethora of information that will help you to figure out the loan process, answer your question, calculate the estimated value of your home, and calculate your estimated closing cost. On top of this you should check out our blog where we have frequent updates from Michael and other contributors on a multitude of topics related to mortgages.

    Backed by W.J. Bradley and Michael Haigh's notable history in the mortgage industry, The Michael Haigh Team is able to provide loan decisions much faster than large banks. Every aspect of your loan will be handled quickly and correctly so you know that nothing is left to chance. We're here to make this process as easy as possible for all parties involved and pride ourselves on making it right for every client. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!

  • Michael Haigh Team

    1860 El Camino Real
    Suite 250
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    Privacy Policy
  • Web Analytics