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4 Reasons for Refinancing Your Mortgage Loan

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/24/2007 | Real Estate

Deciding to refinance your mortgage loan depends on different reasons for different people. It really is going to depend on your situation and knowing the reasons why you want to refinance. Let's look at 3 common reasons people refinance their current mortgage.

1. If you are paying too much every month for your mortgage it may be time to refinance. A drop in interest rates could mean big savings for you. If you have made your payments on time and have a good overall credit score refinancing at a lower mortgage rate could lower your monthly payment and help you have more money at the end of the month,

2. If you have built up some equity in your home and you need to access some cash refinancing your mortgage could be just the place to get it. If property values have increased since you took out your mortgage loan you are sitting on a pile of money that could come in handy.

Banks do not really care about what you want the money for. Common reasons to pull out some cash on the equity of your home could include paying for your daughters wedding, doing a home improvement, taking a vacation, or paying for college tuition.

All the bank wants to see is that you have a way to repay the loan and they are secured by the equity in your home when they do the loan.

3. If you have an adjustable rate mortgage that has crept up and is getting ready to roll into a high fixed rate this may be another reason to refinance. People take out an ARM to get a lower rate and to be able to qualify for a little bit more expensive home.

After a number of years the ARM will be ready to settle into a fixed rate loan. Depending on the fixed rate you may be able to do better by refinancing. Your mortgage loan professional can help you decide the best route for you to go if this is the case for you.

4. One other reason that people look at refinancing is to shorten the length of the loan. That is commonly done when you want to go from a 30-year loan to a 15-year loan.

If your income has gone up and you determine you want to stay in the home you have for many years to come then this makes sense. Paying off your loan early gives you the peace of mind of knowing you own your home.

These are 4 good reasons that you may want to refinance your mortgage loan. The important thing is to know "why" you want to do it and make sure it is best for your situation.