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Mortgage Refinancing

Refinancing a mortgage seems straightforward…after all isn’t it easier the second time around? Still, some situations involve a mind boggling number of decisions that borrowers must navigate. While everyone’s needs are different, there are common questions that many borrowers have about refinancing options and the best time to refinance:

Should I refi to save $100/month?

Much of this decision depends on the breakeven point – which is when your $100 per month in savings equals the closing costs for the refi. Additionally, compare how much of the new payment will be going towards principal vs the existing because that determines the lifetime of the loan. These decisions usually involve amortization schedules and other more complex factors so, consult with…read more

How does it work if a court orders a refinance after a divorce?

Usually, in divorce situations, the parties are left with two options: one party has to refinance to get the other party off the loan OR the home has to be sold.

Can I do a cash out refinance while a home is undergoing significant renovation?

Getting an appraisal during a renovation, is not advisable since the goal is to achieve the highest appraisal value possible in order to lower the loan to value (LTV) for a refinance. Unfinished construction projects will not help the value of the home in these cases.

When refinancing is a high appraisal better than a low appraisal?

You want the highest appraisal value possible in order to lower the loan to value (LTV) when you get your refi. A lower LTV improves the refi terms that you’ll qualify for. Some confuse appraisals with assessments and worry that a higher appraisal leads to higher property taxes. A refinance doesn’t result in property taxes getting re-assessed.


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