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Why refinance a mortgage? 10 reasons to do it!

Are you thinking about refinancing your mortgage? Even if your current loan payments are affordable or you’ve only been in your home for a few years, you may benefit from refinancing. Here are ten reasons why many homeowners choose to refinance:

Why refinance your home mortgage?

  • 1. Save on interest payments

    People typically refinance their home mortgage when interest rates decrease. Whatever the reason, if you qualify for a lower interest rate than your current mortgage rate, you can potentially save thousands of dollars over the full term of your loan.

  • 2. Take advantage of better credit

    Has your credit score improved recently because you’ve been making your mortgage payments on time, every time? If you’re now eligible for a more favorable interest rate, it may be a good idea to take advantage of better credit by refinancing your mortgage.

  • 3. Lower your payments

    If you’re looking to ease your monthly payments, refinancing your home to a lower interest rate or extending the term of your loan are two ways to do this.

  • 4. Provide spare cash

    Whether paying for retirement, college tuition or medical expenses, a cash-out refinance on your home mortgage may provide the additional money you need. A cash-out refinance taps into your equity by refinancing into a larger loan amount than you currently owe. Keep in mind that you are reducing the equity in your home when you take out some of the value in cash. The best expenditures are urgent needs rather than frivolous purchases.

  • 5. Consolidate your debts

    Are you overloaded by high-interest debt on your credit cards or car loan? Mortgage loans typically carry a significantly lower interest rate than consumer debt. Refinancing and consolidating all your debt into your mortgage payment can help in decreasing the money you owe more quickly, and potentially boost your credit score. Best of all, mortgage interest, unlike credit card interest, is usually tax-deductible.*

  • 6. Make home improvements

    One popular reason to refinance your home mortgage is to make home improvements or repairs. Renovations may add to the value of your home, and you can wrap the costs into your monthly mortgage payments with a renovation loan.

  • 7. Change the loan type

    If you have an adjustable-rate loan that is higher than available rates, consider refinancing your home and changing your loan type. Consider switching from adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) to a fixed-rate mortgage to lock in a lower rate for the remaining life of your loan.

  • 8. Decrease the loan term by refinancing your home

    Would you like to own your home free and clear as soon as possible? To pay off your loan in full faster you can reduce your loan term to a shorter term. While 15- and 30-year home loans are standard, mortgage lenders are also willing to consider home loans on your terms.

  • 9. Increase financial security

    If you have an ARM, you might want to refinance to a fixed-rate loan so that you have predictability in your budget—your mortgage payments will stay the same for the entire loan period. This is especially helpful in times of economic uncertainty or if you expect interest rates to rise.

  • 10. Stop paying private mortgage insurance

    If you buy a house with less than 20% down payment or equity, some lenders will require private mortgage insurance (PMI). Certain lenders also require it with conventional loans if the government does not back them. According to, “Refinancing to a loan without mortgage insurance can save you hundreds of dollars each month, but you’ll need to have at least 20% equity in your home to qualify.” 1

While there are many great reasons to refinance, now may not be the ideal time for your situation. It’s a good idea first to calculate closing costs and fees as well as how much it can change your payment. Most importantly, figure out how long it will take for you to break-even. Once you’ve decided if refinancing is right for you, learn how to refinance your mortgage in seven steps.

Why do people refinance their home?

There are many reasons why people choose to refinance their homes. Whether you need a lower interest rate, want to take cash out for home improvements or pay off higher interest debt, you’ll always find friendly mortgage representatives at Guild Mortgage. Let our experienced loan officers help you find the best refinance option for your specific needs.

*Please consult a tax advisor for more information. The above information is for educational purposes only. All information, loan programs and interest rates are subject to change without notice. All loans subject to underwriter approval. Terms and conditions apply.

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By |Published On: June 17th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage 101, Refinance|

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Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Company is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender providing residential mortgage products and local in-house origination and servicing. Guild’s collaborative culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion enable it to deliver a personalized experience for each customer. With more than 4,000 employees and over 250 retail branches, Guild has relationships with credit unions, community banks, and other financial institutions and services loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. Guild Mortgage Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guild Holdings Company, whose shares of Class A common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GHLD.