Understanding Refinancing Mortgage for Beginners

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/26/2007 | Loans
Are you having a hard time paying for your current home mortgage?  Do high interest rates of your current home mortgage kill you?  If it does, then refinancing mortgage is for you!  Due to the high interest rates of home mortgage, creditors find new ways on how to make interest rates lower, thus, attracting more debtors.  One of these developments is refinancing mortgage.

Since it is a new way of financing your home loan, many of us does not have any idea in refinancing mortgage.  Thus, many people will end up with higher interest rates instead of decreasing them.  This article discusses some of the basics of refinancing mortgage in order to guide beginners in engaging such mortgage.

The Basics

A refinancing mortgage is a type of mortgage that allows you to replace an existing mortgage loan using the same assets.  People often resort to this kind of mortgage because of several reasons, one of which is that they cannot bear anymore the high interest rate of their current mortgage loan.  Since refinancing mortgage tends to reduce these interest rates, people find it very convincing to employ such loan.

The Advantages

There are several advantages that you can enjoy in refinancing mortgage.  First things first, it allows you to decrease the interest rate that you are paying for.  It does this by allowing you to find another creditor that offers lower interest rate with the same asset and security.  Thus, you can save your hard-earned money every month.

Another advantage is that refinancing mortgage allows you to extend your repayment period.  Applying to a new mortgage loan will set a new timeline for repayment.  Thus, it extends the time of your repayment of your mortgage loan.

The Risks

The primary risk of having a refinancing mortgage is that it may incur extra expenses.  Some refinancing mortgage may require you to pay either opening or closing transaction fees.  Others may impose certain penalties for early repayments.  Sometimes, these penalties are very heavy to bear.  You must come to think these risks before you take them.

What Must Be Done

Taking in mind the advantages and disadvantage stated above, one must think seriously and critically if they can help you repay you mortgage loan.  If your current mortgage loan kills you to the bones, then maybe it is time for you to employ refinancing mortgage.  But if it is not necessary (like bearable interest rates), then stay with your current mortgage loan.  I am very sure that you do not want to risk something that is not worth risking.

In refinancing mortgage, you are just changing your creditor as well as you interest rates.  Others will be the same (the security i.e. house, car, as well as your standard debt).  Thus, you are just continuing your repayment scheme.  Your responsibility to repay your debt is not changed.  Thus, attending to your responsibility is a must if you want to maintain your good credit background as having such background will allow you to apply for future mortgage loans.