Is it better to refinance your mortgage to a lower interest rate or continue with an existing mortgage? What factors should you consider when refinancing a mortgage loan? Determining whether it’s a good idea to refinance a mortgage depends not only on the interest rate but also on how long you plan to stay in the home. Learn more here about how to refinance your mortgage in the articles, columns, radio shows, blog posts and videos.
How do you know if it’s worth it to refinance your mortgage? These homeowners want to know if they’re getting a good deal with their best offer. Q: When we bought our house, I read several of Ilyce's books and it not only empowered me to stand up to mortgage agents, it saved us tens [...]
Should I refinance to a 15 or 20 year mortgage? This reader wants to live mortgage-free and both refinanced term lengths offer significant interest savings. Q: We took out a mortgage in 2011. It’s a 30-year with an interest rate of 5.125 percent. Our expected payoff date is 2041, but we’ve been paying biweekly. We [...]
Is now a good time to refinance? What homeowners need to understand about current interest rates to determine if refinancing is worth it. Interest rates have dropped, which is supposed to spur interest in buying a home and refinancing your mortgage. But I'm hearing from people who wonder if it is really worth their while [...]
What happens to a house when someone dies? It depends on a number of factors like if there was money still owed on the home or a will naming an heir. Q: My husband and I refinanced my grandparents’ house because they had a reverse mortgage. My grandma had passed away and my grandpa was [...]
Refinancing a HELOC loan after a divorce. This reader wants to know about refinancing a home equity line of credit to remove an ex-spouse's name. Q: I got divorced about four years ago. The deed to the house was, and is, in my name alone, and has been from the time we bought it. During [...]
How to find old mortgage loan records? This homeowner wants to find proof of old mortgage payments made before they refinanced and modified their loan. Q: I purchased my home back in 2004 and got a mortgage with a lender that has since been purchased by one of the huge banks. I made all of [...]
What penalties do you pay when you cancel a mortgage loan refinance? A home owner asks about canceling a mortgage loan refinance because mortgage interest rates dropped four days after he filled out his refinance application. Ilyce says to walk away from the mortgage loan refinance, he has to be willing to lose the money he spent on an appraiser. But canceling the mortgage loan refinance is OK from a legal and ethical standpoint so long as he's read his mortgage loan refinance documents and abides by them.
How has the recent credit crisis and bailout affected mortgage interest rates? To decide whether to refinance an adjustable rate mortgage into a fixed rate loan you need to understand which index your lender uses to set the ARM interest rate. ARMs are often tied to the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR) or U.S. Treasury bills. These indexes may move in different directions and so you may want to refinance in one case but not the other. When you know which index affects your mortgage loan you will have a better idea of mortgage interest rates.
It may sound great when you hear you're pre-approved to refinance your mortgage loan. But how can you figure out whether the mortgage lender who wants to refinance your loan is credible, especially after the mortgage crisis? You can call the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and check out what other mortgage lenders such as credit unions, large national banks and mortgage brokers offer. You can also use an online search engine to check for news on the mortgage lender or broker you're considering.
The owner of a manufactured home asks whether to pay off the mortgage loan or invest extra money. Since the manufactured home is a second home or investment property, the home owner should consider how his taxes will be affected. Tax software or a tax preparer before can help sort this out before deciding to refinance this manufactured home.