Mortgage: The Basics of Home Refinance

by Natalia San Filippo 08/29/2021

Many homeowners have experienced a moment when they have wished for a lower mortgage payment. With a mortgage refinance, you could effectively lower your monthly payments. Not sure where to begin with refinancing or whether it's right for you? We've got you covered with some tips and considerations.

What is Refinancing?

When you refinance a mortgage, you're essentially taking out a new home loan and assuming its terms. The money from this loan is used to pay off your existing mortgage. A refinance loan with a lower interest rate than your original loan can eventually save you a significant amount of money. Meanwhile, depending on how much equity you have in the home and how much of your original mortgage was paid off, you can significantly lower your monthly payment as well.

Is Refinancing Right For You?

The best way to know for sure is to consult with a loan specialist, who will crunch the numbers based on your current loan, your home's estimated value, current interest rates and other factors. If the amount of money you'd save by refinancing outweighs any closing costs or other fees you would incur by closing on the new loan, it's probably worth refinancing.

How to Move Forward With Refinancing

If you're thinking about refinancing, it's a good idea to consult with a few reputable mortgage lenders to see what loans and interest rates you can qualify for. From there, you will need to fill out a formal loan application. Some lenders may also require an appraisal on your home; if this is the case, be prepared to pay for the appraisal out of your own pocket.

Once the loan is approved, you will go through a similar closing process as you did when you first bought the home. From there, you can begin enjoying lower monthly mortgage payments and a lower interest rate on your loan. Some homeowners will continue to pay their previous mortgage amount in order to pay off their loans early.

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Natalia San Filippo

Greetings from beautiful Naples Florida! Having grown up in Siberia, in a challenging environment I have a deep appreciation of our wonderful Southwest Florida climate and lifestyle. The journey that led me here has fueled my drive to be the best at everything I attempt. My natural enthusiasm for my work is contagious, and clients know that I am "giving my all”. My deep dedication to my family that includes my two adult children and my four fabulous grandchildren. My family reminds me every day that considering family first in one’s life requires an exceptional "home base” for everyone to gather for events and holidays. Everything in my life has equipped me to be a fabulous realtor at Premiere Plus Realty. Naples is cosmopolitan and international harmonious environment, positive energy and lifestyle. As a certified yoga instructor, I believe in and understand the importance of balance in one’s life. It’s through my yoga practice that I have achieved peace and harmony in my life. It’s this peace, harmony, and enthusiasm that I wish to pass to my clients. My goal is to continue to serve you!!! It is my mission! It is my goal! Let’s get to work together! Natalia Realtor, specializing in Residential sales, New construction, seasonal rental, VA homes, First home buyers, listings, sales. I service Naples, Bonita Estero, Marco Island & Ft. Meyer's as well as SW Florida. I appreciate referrals and I help with referrals in other States.