Tricks to Improve Your Refinance Rate

In today’s real estate market, refinance loan rates are hovering at historical lows, with the average being in the 4% range. For millions of homeowners the potential savings on their home mortgage by refinancing into a new loan and securing a lower rate are extremely enticing. Who doesn’t want to save a couple hundred a month, or thousands of dollars over the life of the loan? Of course, there are times when you think you can get a great rate only to discover that your finances aren’t what you hoped or your home didn’t appraise for quite enough, and you’re stuck with a higher rate. Rather than dealing with this disappointment, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting a better rate for your refinance. https://refinancey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Tricks-to-Improve-Your-Refinance-Rate.mp3   Using Your Resources to Compare Refinance Rates How to Hit the Jackpot by Lowering your Rate How are Homeowners Receiving Low Refinance Rates? Your Credit Score: Get Clear on Your Finances When you apply for a refinance to get lower refinance loan rates, the bank is going to want to know your entire financial situation. They need the ins and outs of your financial history, your assets, your credit report, your credit score, your job history, and more. It’s your job to make sure all of this is in place before you apply for a refinance. A good place to start is with your credit report. Contact the reporting agencies and get a report from each one so you know what is showing up on your history, and whether or not you can get anything off....

What should I do, FHA or Conventional?

In the real estate market nearly all home loans are given through conventional lenders or those that have been approved by FHA. Conventional lenders follow the underwriting guidelines of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and they are not tied to the government programs. These underwriters are, however, subsidized by the government. FHA lenders follow the underwriting guidelines of the federal government and are much more lenient in their initial requirements for a homeowner to secure a loan or to refinance an existing loan. Between the two of them, they keep the real estate market functioning as it does today. As a homeowner, you’re probably thinking about refinancing, you may be wondering if you should have FHA refinance your mortgage. While this can be a great idea, there are some pros and cons that you should be aware of. https://refinancey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/What-should-I-do-FHA-or-Conventional.mp3 The Secret to FHA No Costs Refinance Smart Steps to Take When Refinancing Your Loan What is a Conventional Refinance Conventional vs. FHA Requirements When you apply for a refinance through a conventional lender, you will have to meet the requirements that they have established for approval. Typically, lenders like you to have a really good credit score, in the 700 range at least but preferably higher. You also need to have a fairly low debt-to-income ratio, a stable job, and a good credit report. In addition to this, any asset you have will be marks in your favor. Each conventional lender has their own requirements that have to be met, but they are all fairly similar and they take the items mentioned above into account. If you are in...

3 Steps To Help You Refinance your Mortgage

For new homeowners, it is a step into the world of unknown territory after considering to refinance your mortgage. It can be quite jarring if you don’t know what they are doing. However, a good course of action from a good research plan will certainly make things easier. Find out why you should begin to refinance in the first place. Also, make sure that it’s a sensible decision. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your refinance method. https://refinancey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/3-Steps-To-Help-You-Refinance-your-Mortgage.mp3   Did You Know Homeowners Can Still Refinance With No Equity? You’ll Never Believe How Easy It Is to Use a Refinance Calculator Smart Steps to Take When Refinancing Your Loan   What Are Some Things to Consider in a Conventional Refinance? What’s the reason for refinancing your mortgage in the first place? Do you have a good relationship with your lender? This may determine how much you’ll have to pay in upfront closing costs. Some lenders will want you to put a 20% down payment. This is quite expensive for a new homeowner and this may take a serious bite out of your current livelihood. If you’re an adult that just graduated college, you may want to get to your student loans right away. It’ll take some time to pay a high down payment for a home. On another hand, a lender may want in between 5-10% upfront. This gives you a little breathing room to do other things. There are advantages to paying a large amount upfront.   Pros and Cons of Choosing Federal Refinance Options Under FHA Guidelines Not only do you have new...

The Good and the Bad When Refinancing

The real estate market is a huge player in the nation’s economy, which means that a lot of money funnels through it to individuals, businesses, and corporations. To help maintain this success, advertisements beckon you to buy a new home, take out a new loan, refinance the existing home, etc., this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We all benefit from an economy that is flowing in as well as out. But the question is, should you listen to those advertisements and get a refinance? Is it worth it? They claim it will save you money, so will it? There is good and bad to a refinance, as there are with any major financial decision, and after learning a bit about the good and the bad, you’ll be better equipped to make the successful choice. https://refinancey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The-Good-and-the-Bad-When-Refinancing.mp3 Refinance Options – What Are Your Needs? Smart Steps to Take When Refinance Your Loan 4 Things to Consider Before You Refinance Your Mortgage Why You May Want to Refinance When you refinance a home you take out a new loan on an existing property. This new loan pays off the old loan and you are left with different terms. When you take out a new loan the power goes back into your hands to some degree, meaning you can adjust the terms you are dealing with rather than being stuck in the terms you already have. For example, your original loan has an interest rate of 5.5% and a 30-year-loan term. That’s not bad, but the current rate you can qualify for is 4.5% and you know you can afford a shorter loan term....

Let’s Get Down to the Bottom of You’re Refinance Options

For most homeowners there comes a point during the life of their loan where they start to entertain the idea of a refinance. They may have noticed that the interest rates have dropped, or they’ve built up equity and are thinking of putting it to good use. The questions that should be asked before the refinance is, why are you refinancing, will it be beneficial, and what are my refinance options? While your loan officer and lender will be able to give you all the details of the refinance, here is a look at why people refinance and what options are available for them. Refinance Programs for Every Need Why are you refinancing? This is the first question you should ask yourself because it’s going to determine the refinance program that you pick. For most homeowners the reason they refinance will fall in one of these categories. They want to pull out the equity and use it for other investments or debt consolidation. They want to reduce the interest rate and/or the monthly mortgage payment. They want to adjust the loan terms, switching from and ARM to a fixed mortgage or altering the amount of time required to pay off the loan. They have family issues that must be dealt with. They are falling behind on their mortgage and want to alter it to make the burden easier to handle. Granted, these aren’t the only reasons people refinance, but they are the most common. So where do you fall in this list? By deciding what you need out of a refinance, you’ll be better equipped to choose the best...

Things you Must Know About Refinancing

Refinancing is simply replacing your current loan with another. If you have equity ou may decide to utilize it in your refinance to help you pay for other things like school loans, car bills, and more. There are some things you must know regarding your financial strategy. Take a look at some ideas and suggestions. *4 Steps to Make the Refinance Process Easier *4 Things to Consider Before You Refinance Your Mortgage *What Are Solid Refinance Options Under FHA Loans? https://refinancey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Things-you-Must-Know-About-Refinancing.mp3   Is a Conventional or Federal Loan Situation Better? There are a number of refinancing options you have in order to make your situation manageable. There are some main differences in the way you set up your loan strategy particularly if you have a conventional loan or a federal loan. In a conventional loan, you may need up to 20% down payment on the house you wish to refinance. Also, you may need a significant amount of good credit. Typically, the amount of equity in the home is covered in the closing costs for purchasing. It’s a bit expensive in the pocket, but the payoff may be great once you consider using a  conventional cash out plan. However, you’ll need a lot more paperwork and your lender may be a bit harder on you regarding requirement.   On the flip side, you have a federal refinance option that doesn’t require as much equity or credit. You’ll need around 10% equity if you have less than a credit score of 580. Also, you’ll need 3.5% equity if your credit score is 580 and higher. Federal refinancing can be an...

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