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Refinance Mortgage: Wiser Moves This Time Around

Feb 2, 2008
Couples go into their first mortgage with stars in their eyes. When additional bills come up, the budget is skewered. Paying the monthly bills and the mortgage installment becomes stressful. But there's no way out but a refinance mortgage. This time around, couples should have learned their lessons. They should want a better deal instead of shuddering at the thought of a new loan when they're still looking at a huge unpaid balance from the first loan.

Traumatic Experiences With The First Loans

Getting your first mortgage was exciting and thrilling. You went into raptures at the thought that of having your own home. You wanted to hurry up the loan process. Anyway, you could afford the monthly bill of $798.36 for a $150,000 home. What you didn't include was the monthly residential tax plus other add-on fees and complexities.

Think like the shrewd taxman. If you don't have the savvy for tax matters, let an expert help you. An independent mortgage adviser would be a smart choice. He or she looks at the issue objectively being under no obligation to the mortgage company. Your refinance mortgage will fare better with experience and sound professional advice.

Perhaps when you got your first mortgage, several options were bypassed because you wanted to rush your pre-approval, even pestering the sullen loan agent to get your loan application on top of the pile. The biggest surprise for first time borrowers is contending with the downpayment for the loan, which is pegged at 20% of the total loan amount. If they do not have enough money for the downpayment, they agree to have the private mortgage insurance added to the fee, which makes the loan expensive and more than they can afford in the end.

Another mistake is getting an ARM when you have a fixed income. With the uncertainty of the economy, interest rates are likely to swell, affecting your budget. The ARM is perfect when interests are at a low and hibernate there for months on end. Fortunately, if you have a short-term adjustable mortgage, Federal cuts could cause a drop in interest rates.

A Tip or Two

To qualify for refinance mortgage, get pre-qualified with several lending companies so you can compare options and prices. But don't let the credit companies pull your credit history because each pull drags down your credit score. Once you get pre-qualified, choose the company with the best offer to look at your credit history.

Watch out for high closing costs. These indicate that you won't get a good deal. You're trying to sort out your finances through this refinance mortgage, not make it more messy. Avoid lenders charging closing costs that are too high, even if they offer lower interest rates.

Check out for prepayment penalties. Nobody likes to be fined for paying off a loan ahead of schedule. Frankly, it doesn't make sense. But that is how lending companies survive and it is good business logic.

Give honest answers to the questionnaire. A falsehood can undermine your application for a loan when you really need it. You are dealing with experts who have been through hundreds of applications. If there are further requests for information, provide it promptly to avoid further approval delays.

To protect yourself from more surprises, be privy of the company's policy on early payment and get all the documents pertaining to your refinance mortgage. The mortgage documents will be your reference as you go along.
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