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Is Refinancing Right for You?

Feb 10, 2008
Refinancing offers many benefits and if you're considering it, there are some things you need to know. Let's examine the benefits first and then answer a couple of questions you might have about the process.

Benefits of refinancing:

#1: Save money. If your mortgage is currently at a high interest rate, you may be able to refinance at a better interest rate. This means you will not only save money each month, but over the life of your loan it could total thousands of dollars.

#2: Improve your cash flow. If you're able to refinance at a lower rate, you will lower your monthly mortgage payments and have more cash at the end of the month.

#3: Consolidate your debt. Debt can feel overwhelming and refinancing can help take the burden off of your finances. Your refinanced interest rate is quite likely much less than your credit card or loan interest rates. You'll save money in the long run by not paying as much interest.

#4: Gives you flexibility and extra money in your pocket. Are you looking to take on a large remodeling project, or have you got a vacation of your dreams just waiting? Refinancing to a Line of Credit loan or a home equity loan will give you extra cash in your wallet and the financial flexibility you're looking for.

The general rule of thumb when considering refinancing is that if you can lower your interest rate by 2%, it's a good idea. There are always fees and closing costs that need to be considered as well as how long you plan on staying in your home. Here are some of the drawbacks to refinancing:

If you're unable to at least break even then refinancing your mortgage will cost you money. Your break even point is calculated by determining how long you must live in your home after you refinance in order to recover the closing costs you paid to refinance. Also consider any loss of tax savings and the interest you will make on any investments you make with the money from your refinancing. Don't forget to calculate closing costs and application fees into your break even point as well.

Refinancing can be a very good financial decision for many. However, it is important to crunch the numbers before you decide. Additionally, it is important to find a mortgage company that you're comfortable with and trust. Research begins online but don't feel afraid to pick up the phone and give a lender a call. It's often easier to get a feel about a company when you can talk to them in person.
About the Author
Eddie Lamb founded Advantage Business Partnership in January 2000 as a traditional offline business. In 2002 the company launched its first retail website marketing a selection of downloadable informational products. For more information visit: http://www.LiveMortgageFree.com
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