How To Consolidate Debt with a Refinance Loan

Americans have a lot of debt. As of mid-2019, U.S. borrowers owed a total of $1.4 trillion in student loans and another $1.07 trillion in consumer credit card debt. And then of course there’s the $1.28 trillion in auto loan debt. Add in first and second mortgages, home equity loans, boat and RV loans, medical bills and personal loans and it's clear that many Americans are carrying a heavy debt burden. If you are a homeowner and fall into that category, you might consider consolidating your debts by refinancing your mortgage. What is Consolidating? Consolidating your debt means ...

August 21st, 2019 | Refinancing a Home, Mortgage Advice, How To Consolidate Debt with a Refinance Loan

Can I Refinance Without Closing Costs?

Mortgage refinance loans require fees and closing costs. Is there a way around those fees? Is it possible to refinance without paying closing costs? The answer is yes, although the rest of your loan will be affected. The typical fees associated with refinance loans include lender fees and third-party fees. Lenders fees consist of things like origination, processing and underwriting. Some no-cost refinance programs have the lender pay for all these fees but still require the borrower to pay for third party costs. Those are made up of things like appraisals and title and escrow fees. There ar...

June 26th, 2019 | Refinancing a Home, Closing Costs, Can I Refinance Without Closing Costs?

5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

After sitting down at the mortgage closing table to sign all the paperwork, you get the keys and can breathe a sigh of relief. But before you tuck all those mortgage papers away for good, there are at least 5 things you still need to do after closing to make sure everything is on track. 1. Figure Out the Start Date of the First Payment Your lender or title company should have let you know this important fact before or at closing, but with so many papers and numbers being thrown at you, it might get missed. Your escrow account often requires enough money from you at closing to cover ...

March 13th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, 5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

Should I Choose a Cash-Out Refi or HELOC?

When you need a chunk of cash for a project, your home may be the best source of funding. Fortunately, you do not need to sell your home to take advantage of your equity. There are two popular and practical ways to pull cash out of your home: a cash-out refinance mortgage and a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Cash-Out Refi’s A cash-out refinance loan replaces your existing mortgage with a new, larger loan, allowing you to take out cash in exchange for some of your existing equity. Lenders typically cap your cash-out refi at 80% of the home’s value. For example, let’...

February 20th, 2019 | Refinancing a Home, HELOC, Should I Choose a Cash-Out Refi or HELOC?

Everything You Need To Know About Prepayment Penalties

Although they are not nearly as common today, some mortgage loans do come with a prepayment penalty. Home loan borrowers should be aware of them before signing their names on the dotted line. Here’s what you need to know about prepayment penalties: What is a prepayment penalty? A prepayment penalty is a fee the borrower must pay if they pay off the mortgage loan faster than the agreed terms. They often only apply during the first three years of the loan. Some prepayment penalty clauses also stipulate that a borrower cannot pay off more than 20% of the loan balance each year. Whe...

December 12th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, Everything You Need To Know About Prepayment Penalties

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

As you near retirement, you may be anxious to completely pay off your mortgage and be debt-free before your traditional income stops.  In most cases, this is the best plan but there are situations when holding on to your mortgage into retirement may make more sense. Why You Should Pay Off Your Mortgage Being debt-free as you start retirement can make the transition to a fixed-income much smoother. Those who do not have their mortgage paid off yet sometimes have to dip into their investments to make their payments. That can result in higher taxes and less reserves for retirees. An...

December 5th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

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