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7 Steps to follow while refinancing your current mortgage

Posted on: 13th Sep, 2004 01:01 am

Refinancing is a good option that can help you to get rid of high interest debts. But you can only benefit from it if you can secure a lower rate on your loan and also make minimum payments to the lender. You can try shopping for some of the best rates and costs while you are into refinancing. Besides, an awareness of the entire loan process also helps you get through the deal easily. This article contains an overview of the refinance process in simple steps so that it will be easier for you to interpret what the process is all about.

Steps to follow:

  1. Decide how long you are going to stay in the property.

  2. Contact your first lender and find out what he has to offer. Otherwise start shopping with other lenders.

  3. Get pre-qualified for the loan
    • Decide upon the type of mortgage

    • Check out the factors that may influence the interest rate on your loan. These are:
      1. Your credit score.
      2. Loan amount.
      3. Number of points paid.
      4. Lock-in-rate.

  4. Compare the interest rate on offer with that of your existing loan.

  5. Get pre-approved with a lender.
    • Calculate the monthly loan payments

    • Subtract new payments from current monthly payments. The difference gives you the savings that you can earn by getting a low rate.

    • Divide the monthly savings by the total closing costs. That gives you the number of months within which you can recover the closing costs. This time period is known as the Break-even period.

    • Compare the months obtained with the time period you're staying in the house. If it exceeds the time period, then refinancing may be a good choice.

  6. Follow the simple steps that will take you to loan closing, that is, towards finalizing the deal.

  7. At closing time you'll have to sign the loan documents and the mortgage note. Besides, you will have to pay for the closing costs and prepayment penalty.

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what is the current rates on a refinance 30 year mortgage
Posted on: 17th Sep, 2005 07:17 am

Welcome to the Forums.

For the interest rate on a refinance 30 year mortgage, its been a week where the rates has fluctuated.

Traditional Mortgage Refinancing Rates is running 20% (Down)

30 Year Fixed Conforming Loan Refinancing Rates:

Rate --- Points --- Lender Fees --- APR --- Payment
5.125% --- 2.873 --- $0.00 --- 5.402% --- $1088.97
5.250% --- 2.241 --- $0.00 --- 5.470% --- $1104.41
5.375% --- 1.697 --- $0.00 --- 5.546% --- $1119.94
5.500% --- 1.303 --- $0.00 --- 5.636% --- $1135.58
5.625% --- 0.773 --- $0.00 --- 5.712% --- $1151.31
5.750% --- 0.354 --- $0.00 --- 5.799% --- $1167.15
5.875% --- 0.000 --- $0.00 --- 5.892% --- $1183.08

Hope this information, will make things clear about the trend on intrest rate for refinance.


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Posted on: 18th Sep, 2005 03:00 am
can I refinance a home I own in Tx which is currently rented? I live in Il.
Posted on: 15th Feb, 2006 11:29 am

I think it's quite possible. Have you talked to your lender?

If there is any problem with your current lender, you may shop around with different lenders with your matter and get the possible program for you.

If you need any more help, you may post it here.

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2006 11:57 am
Yes you can refinance your home in TX. It would be considered an investment property and would fall under those guidelines for rate etc....Is it currently leased?
Posted on: 15th Feb, 2006 03:44 pm
I am newly divorced and my ex has signed a quitclaim deed to the house we bought 7 years ago. With me being a single mom with 3 kids and low income, where do i go from here? the monthly mortgage payments will be almost impossible to make. Is there programs out there to help me? If i refinance, can it just start from this time period or will i have to get a whole new loan?
Posted on: 31st Jan, 2008 09:32 am
Hi Chachi,

You will take a new loan on you name and pay the due of the mortgage to the present lender. The rates are down now. So you should get affordable rate and term. If monthly payments seem higher for you, make the duration of the loan period longer and decrease the monthly payments.

How much do you owe to the lender? Can I ask you about your monthly income?

Best of luck.
Posted on: 31st Jan, 2008 05:19 pm
I am trying to refinance my older mobile home and at the same time add $8,000.00 to replace my heating and air condition unit. My credut score is 642, my husband 699. I have hear NO so many times. I am running out of places to call. If you have suggestions, I would be grateful for any information you can give me. Thank you
Posted on: 26th Mar, 2008 03:17 pm
Hi Janice,

Welcome to the forum.

Your credit score is not too bad but refinancing depends on many other things like your monthly earnings, employment history, do you have any kind of other debts etc.

I think it will be better fill up the "No-obligation free consultation" form to get free counseling from the mortgage lenders and to know if you can be able to refinance with affordable rates and terms at

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Best of luck,
Posted on: 26th Mar, 2008 03:46 pm
how do i go about getting on the mortgage without refinancing
Posted on: 23rd Oct, 2008 05:02 pm
hi vivi!

if you are speaking about transferring the mortgage in your name, then refinancing is the best way. even lenders prefer it. as you do not want to go for refinancing, you can go for the process of novation. you can visit the following link to know more about novation:

Posted on: 24th Oct, 2008 01:57 am
Does it make sense to refinance my first and second mortgages into a single mortgage? First mortgage is 30 year at 6.25, second is 10 years at 6.35. New loan would be a 15 year at 5.75 but closing costs are adding an additional $6000 to the loan for a total loan of $150000.
Posted on: 27th Nov, 2008 05:31 pm
Hi srh!

Welcome to forums!

In my opinion, it will be a better option to refinance both the loans into one single mortgage. If you get a refinance on the rate and terms that you have mentioned here (15 year at 5.75), it will be a good deal for you. As far as the closing costs are concerned, you will have to pay it in any kind of refinancing.

Feel free to ask if you have further queries.

Posted on: 27th Nov, 2008 10:25 pm
i recently found out about loan modification to get my own property modified. i think it is much better than refi especially if you qualify. i think you can get rates really low and sometimes balance modified. it is worth testing out there are many sites out there helping out with loan modification. this one looks the best so i used these guys.

There is also a gov site that has lots of information on it.
Posted on: 04th Dec, 2008 11:08 pm
Hi Jason

Thank you for sharing the information with the community members. A lot of people will definitely be benefited from this.

Posted on: 05th Dec, 2008 02:28 am
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