With rate on historic low, it is easy to understand why so many homeowners opt to refinance their mortgage. It really makes sense: low rate means low monthly payment — it doesn’t get any clearer than that. But the thing is, there is more to this statement than most people who want to ride the bandwagon understand.
You see, refinancing your mortgage when the prevailing rate is lower than the current rate you pay for your existing loan may give you enough savings, but lenders will not give it to you on a silver platter. You have to want it, search for it and demand for it.
Getting the best rate is like shopping for a bargain. You need to search, even dig deep from the pile in order to get to those that remain untouched but in great condition. When looking for the best rate, you need to dig deep and shop around. With lots of lenders to choose from, there are no shortages of companies to compare. That leaves you with the task for creating a list of companies that are willing to lend you money to buy your existing loan and give you another one.
Call possible, but reputable lenders and ask relevant questions regarding the possibility refinancing. Do not limit your option to your existing lender. Often, closing out your current loan and opening a new one with the same lender incur higher fees higher than what can save from the prevailing rate. Open your options – that’s the key.
You have to find the best mortgage lender. You do this by burning as much time as you can. There’s no exemption. Take note that getting the first lender that comes to your way can cost you more than what you have bargained for.
Each refinancing deal has someone’s commission built into them. That’s a painful fact, but it won’t be an efficient industry if not for these commissions. The best thing to do in this case is to find the mortgage lender that is lets you get what you deserve – lowest rate possible. But that’s not all. You also have to consider the closing cost. Compare closing cost (including rate) when shopping for the best lender.
Once you’ve found your lender, bargain before making a deal. Again, you have to want it and you have to demand for it. A good lender should be able to design a mortgage loan that fits your need but not rip you off by injecting hidden fees all over your loan. It is your right to say ‘no’ if you feel uncomfortable with the deal.
There are exemptions to the rule, however. You cannot get the best rate or the lowest possible rate if you have a bad credit score and if you have used up most of your equity. Problems with credit cards may be clear on paper, but if the real cause of this problem is your inability to handle your finances well, then, refinancing is no assurance that your problem will be solved. Also, if you plan to move out from your home in the near future, it really doesn’t make sense to refinance.
Refinancing may seem to be a wise move at the moment, but don’t forget that rates are not the only thing that matters. Since you are extending your loan, evaluate your current standing well. If you are confident to take it, then take the move and get the rate that you deserve.