Refinances are used by thousands of property owners and successful real estate investors to increase the number of properties they own and save money. Doing so, lets them purchase more properties quicker and make more money faster. Today, we'll walk you through some basics of refinancing and give you some reasons why they are a super powerful tool for any property owner or investor.
What is a Mortgage Refinance? ❓
A mortgage refinance is a process of paying off an existing mortgage with a new one. This new mortgage often has a lower interest rate or better terms than the original mortgage, allowing the borrower to save money on their monthly mortgage payments or pay off their loan faster.
When you refinance your mortgage, you essentially take out a new loan to replace your old one. This involves going through the mortgage application process again, which includes providing financial documentation, getting a home appraisal, and going through a credit check.
There are different types of mortgage refinancing, such as rate-and-term refinance, which changes the interest rate or term of the loan, and cash-out refinance, which allows the borrower to access the equity in their home by borrowing more than the remaining balance on their existing mortgage.
Refinancing can have benefits, such as saving money on monthly payments, reducing the loan term, or accessing equity. However, it's important to consider the costs of refinancing, such as closing costs and fees, before deciding whether it's the right move for you.
Market Interest Rates Decrease 📉
People tend to refinance properties when market interest rates drop. If you have a loan paying 4% interest and market rates are 3%, then refinancing would lower your interest rate resulting in lower monthly interest payments. When interest rates are low like they are now, you see the refinance getting much media attention as thousands of homeowners flock to lower their monthly mortgage payments. So, try to stay up-to-date with the current mortgage rate because you might just be able to save a bunch of money!
Switching from a Variable to Fixed Rate 🔀
Often, you see variable interest rates lower than fixed interest rates. This is because variable interest rates are subject to rate changes throughout the life of a loan. If you have a variable interest rate on your current property, it might be worth considering refinancing because market interest rates are at historic lows. You may be able to lock in a rate in the 2-3% range depending on your credit, loan program, and other factors. However, if interest rates are super high (like they were in the 1980s), it may be worth investigating variable interest rate loans more. Now, let's look at how refinancing can make you money.
Pull Money Out of Your House 💸
Perhaps one of the most incredible benefits of the refinance is the ability to pull money out of a property without triggering a tax bill. Usually, when you own a property, it will appreciate in value, and you'll pay down the principal balance of the existing loan. So, throughout a couple of years, you'll build up a substantial nest egg for yourself. Many investors see this nest egg as an opportunity to purchase another property or to use it for renovations on the current property. The choice is yours, and it's definitely an incredible opportunity to go out and buy another property.
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