Refinancing allows you to save money. With interest rates being much lower than they were five to 10 years ago, many are refinancing to get a lower rate on the remainder of their home loan balance. Lower rate = less interest paid = lower house payment = more money in your pocket. There’s really not a great reason NOT to refinance.
What do I need to refinance?
Refinancing your home is basically like applying for a new home loan. You’ll need to apply online and enter your information. We’ll need you to provide documentation for things like your income, employment, address history and tax returns. We’ll pull credit to make sure you qualify and work with you to determine the best new mortgage program for you.
Can I change loan companies when I refinance?
You do NOT have to refinance your mortgage with the same company. So for example if you are not currently a First West Financial customer, you can still call our office and apply for a refinance of your current loan through us.
Does it cost to refinance?
The costs associated with a refinance involve an appraisal (if needed for the loan) and any closing costs to process the loan. These are the costs typically involved in a new home loan. There is an option to roll the closing costs into the total home loan amount if needed. We go over all of this so that there are no surprises.
Can I refinance if I don’t have equity in my home (I’m underwater?)There are a handful of programs that have recently been approved by the federal government that allow homeowners to refinance, even if they owe more on their current mortgage than their home is worth. The HARP program and the FHA Streamline refinance program are both designed to NOT require an appraisal when refinancing a home loan. Call our office to see if you qualify for one of these programs - 760-488-6482.