Should I Refinance My Home?

August 25, 2017 | by North American Savings Bank

 should i refinance my house 

Should you?

There are a few reasons one might consider refinancing their home loan:

  1. You want to lower your monthly payment

  2.  You want to   pay off your mortgage quicker

  3.  You want to access cash  

Let’s examine these three possibilities and how it can save you money in the process.

Reason 1: You want to lower your monthly payment

If you are looking to have a little extra cash in your pocket at the end of each month, then  refinancing to a lower interest rate  may make sense for you. Before doing so, remember that there are often trade-offs (e.g. you may lengthen the term of your loan) so make sure to discuss your options with a loan officer first.

Do you current pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? If so,           you could possibly  have PMI removed  with a refinance. Here’s how:

  • Jane bought a $150,000 house with a 3.5% down payment. This left her with a loan amount of $144,750. If a new appraisal confirms that her house is now worth $181,000, then she may qualify to have her PMI eliminated altogether because of the higher valuation on her house. This could potentially save her thousands of dollars over the years!

As you can see, a home that has appreciated in value may allow the borrower to remove PMI faster than initially planned. 

Reason 2: You want to pay off you mortgage quicker

Let’s say you are currently financing your home with a longer-term mortgage, but want to pay off you home quicker.  You can refinance your home into a  shorter-term mortgage  with a lower interest rate, which could save you thousands of dollars in interest.

Reason 3: You want access to cash 

You can refinance your house and take the cash to pay off whatever expenses you may have.  Borrowing from the example above, a cash out refinance would look like this:

  • Jane bought a $150,000 house and currently owes $80,000 on it. The house has retained its value. She can then borrow up to 80% of the home’s current value and take cash for the difference, and use it as she wishes.

The above are the most popular reasons for why someone might consider refinancing their loan. Should you refinance your house?  If any of these situations apply to you, then it may be a good solution!  The best way to find out if you should refinance your home is to call NASB at 855-465-0753 and learn more about the refinancing process.  You may have more options available to you than you realize.  Call us today to find out more!