Everyone wants, needs to save money. I have never met a person who likes spending more money than necessary on bills. Lately, with mortgage rates at record lows, a home mortgage refinance is becoming more and more popular. Depending on your personal financial situation, a home mortgage refinance may be the answer to saving you hundreds of dollars per month in unnecessary payments. Here are 5 tips that will help you in the refinancing process and to help ensure you get the best rate possible.

Points or No Points
You will need to figure out the benefits of paying points up front or having the low low interest rates available. Depending on how long you plan to keep the mortgage, you may end up paying a lot more. This needs to be taken into consideration to see if it is even worth your time and money to refinance.

Playing Games With Interest Rates
Unless you have a specific detailed plan of escape, do not fall prey to the advertised 0% apr. There are brokers who will lure you in with crazy low rate offers only to raise the rates way up within a few years of the refinance.

Hidden Fees and Costs
When something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. If your mortgage rate seems insanely low than odds are you are paying for that somewhere else. Make sure to ask questions regarding all of the associated fees and costs and your options to pay them. You do not want to get stuck paying interest on these associated fees for up to 30 years.

Good Faith Estimate
Legally, you have the right to a good fate estimate. You should request and get one from any potential lender before moving forward with them. Go over this document very carefully, read and reread until you are confident you understand what you are paying for, how much, and for how long.

Let The Clock Begin.
You must consider how long you plan on staying in your house versus how much you are looking to save through refinancing a home mortgage. Do not ever forget to add closing costs and fees into your totals when doing the math.

Right now across the country mortgage rates can be found for under 5%. Although it is not the right choice for everyone, a lot of people can save a lot of money through a simple home mortgage refinance. Do not forget you have the choice of lenders, you can start with your current lender and shop that quote around to others. Once you get a quote you like, shop that one around still. Many lenders will lower their closing costs or find another way to match the offer you bring them. This allows you even more freedom in choosing the correct lender for you.

-M Petrone

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