Homeowners who have purchased at least 3 years ago or longer, can most likely save money by refinancing their mortgage. Interest rates are near all time lows, and you can easily take advantage of it. Getting a low interest rate will save you a lot of money, and can even shorten the length of your home loan.

However, there are a few things which a homeowner should think about prior to refinancing a home loan:

-Are you trying to refinance into a stable, fixed rate mortgage? Do you have an ARM (Adjusted rate mortgage) and are tired of seeing your payments go up? A fixed rate mortgage can offer you peace of mind that your home loan payment will remain the same, regardless of any situation.

-Did you comparison shop different mortgage lenders and mortgage options? Are you sure the refinancing deal which you are prepared to sign is absolutely the best deal you can get? Do you know when you will recover from the costs of a home loan refinance and start seeing the savings? These are important questions which need to be addressed before agreeing to any refinance deal. Always be sure to look at other mortgage lenders, and their rates, loan options, and offers to you. Typically, with an offer in hand, a competing mortgage lender or bank will match or beat that offer with a little negotiation.

-Cash out mortgage refinancing, although it seems great, can be bad if a homeowner is not prepared for the long term effects. Homeowners who get cash back from a mortgage are placing themselves in a risky situation in the future. All money that you get from your home will always need to be paid back. A lot of homeowners are not prepared for the long terms costs of a home loan refinance.

-Make sure you have a good plan for the money you are going to save every month. You ultimate goal should be owning your home. Try to plan a budget for the saved money to be used for paying down other debts, bills, or your home loan faster. This is the best thing you can do for your financial future.

-M Petrone
www.RefinancingCondo.com

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