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When to Refinance a Mortgage on Your Home

Refinancing your mortgage on your home means that you replace your old loan with a new one. This could be a good option if the interest rate on the new loan is lower than on your old loan, or if you need to extend the repayment term.

If you want to pay less money each month on your mortgage loan, you can refinance to a longer loan term. This will give you smaller minimum monthly payments, but you will end up paying more money overall because of the interest charges.

What does it mean to refinance your mortgage on your home?

When you refinance your mortgage on your home, you get a new loan from a different or the same lender. You use the money from the new loan to pay off your old one. After that, you make payments on your new loan with a new interest rate and terms.

There are many reasons why someone might want to refinance a loan. The most common reason is to get a better interest rate as part of the process, to cash out and make improvements on your home, or to consolidate debt that has higher interest rates such as credit cards, &, etc.

When does refinancing a mortgage loan make sense?

Refinancing your loan can save you money. This is often the case, but there are many different scenarios in which it can save you a lot of money.

Here are some other scenarios when it may make sense to refinance:

  • If you have a better credit score, you might be able to get a lower interest rate on your mortgage loan. This is because your credit score shows how likely you are to repay the loan. If your credit score has improved since you first got the loan, this could be a good reason to refinance.

  • You want to switch your rate type. Having a fixed APR on a mortgage loan makes it easier to plan for your monthly payments. Not only that, you won't have to worry about the interest rate going up and costing you more money. By refinancing, you can switch from a variable to a fixed rate so you can enjoy consistent payment amounts each month.

  • You want to avoid a balloon payment. This is a large payment you have to make at the end of your loan term. Sometimes, mortgage loans have this kind of payment. You can avoid it by refinancing before the end of your term.

  • If your income decreased, you may want to refinance your loan. This means that you will pay back the loan over a longer period. This may not save you money in the long run, but it could help reduce your monthly payment.

  • You want to pay your loan off faster. If you can afford bigger monthly payments, you may want to refinance into a shorter loan term. Paying your loan off in a shorter amount of time will save you money on interest over the long term.

  • With the market the way it has been, most homeowners have realized a significant climb in the appraised values of their homes, thus refinancing gives you the ability to cash out the difference and put back into improvements in your home which makes your property even more valuable.

  • There are fees associated with taking out a refinance loan. This may include origination fees, application fees, or prepayment penalties. Make sure that refinancing is still a wise financial decision after factoring in all associated fees.


Refinancing your mortgage on your home can save you money if done correctly. Make sure to consider all costs associated with taking out a new loan before making a decision. Work with your lender to see if refinancing is the best option for you.


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