There are several reasons for which you may decide to refinance your mortgage. Normally, it’s either to obtain a lower interest rate than the one you currently have, or you may need to access a large sum of money on short notice, either for significant home repairs, children’s education or paying off debts. Refinancing a mortgage can provide the solution to gain access to these funds, but it’s important to understand the costs and fees associated with refinancing.
Mortgage refinance fees
Before you decide to refinance your mortgage, you should assess what it will cost to access these funds. Refinancing entails breaking your current lender’s agreement and negotiating a new one. There are significant fees and penalties connected with terminating your contract prior to its completing. So it’s prudent to understand how much additional debt it will cost you to access your money.
If the need outweighs the cost of these fees, and you decide to refinance your mortgage, you will have to meet with your lender to discuss the various options and repayment plans. Should you decide to change lenders, it’s possible that the new lender will absorb some or all of those expenses in order to secure your business, but the terms should be agreed upon in advance of terminating or securing a new agreement.
Fees can vary significantly depending on the amount owing on the mortgage, the rates in which it was secured, and the length of time left on the contract.
When to refinance your mortgage commitment
The optimal time to consider refinancing your mortgage is when interest rates decline. Keep a watchful eye on the market and how it is trending. Even with the fees and costs that you absorb by terminating your contract early, if your mortgage is for significant length of time, the savings you will accumulate by locking in to a lower interest rate, can vastly outweigh the penalties you may have to pay. Before making your final decision, consider your cash flow requirements. Will you be able to absorb the cost and penalty fees upfront? If the fees will impact your immediate day to day living, it may not be in your best interest to proceed. GK Law can assist you with your decision making process to help you make the best choice for your lifestyle.
How many times can you refinance your home
You may refinance your home as many times as you need, but always be aware that each time you do so, there will be adjustments and fees to be paid. So be sure that you are truly refinancing for the right reasons and be aware of the costs associated with the process.
Refinancing A mortgage with bad credit
Having financial difficulties and struggling with debt can make it challenging to refinance your mortgage, but it is not impossible. Larger lending institutions such as banks, commonly referred to as “A” Lenders, will assess your credit rating and if it is below a score of 600, it is likely that they will decline to provide the necessary refinancing you’ll require. If this occurs, other lenders, such as smaller mortgage brokers and trust companies, also referred to as “B” Lenders may be willing to assist with refinancing. Refinancing with a poor credit rating is a much higher risk for a lender, and due to this increased risk, the lender’s fees and interest rates will most likely be significantly higher for you.
GK Law is here to Help
Deciding to refinance can be a big decision, and there are many pros and cons with proceeding down that road. It is important to fully consider whether there is an actual necessity to refinance, or if there are other avenues you may pursue as an alternative. GK Law will work with you to assist in clearly defining your goals and will help you achieve the best result for your particular situation.