Refinancing your mortgage can be a good or bad idea, depending on your motivation and goals.
Homeowners who refinance can wind up paying more over time because of fees and closing costs, a longer loan term, or a higher interest rate that is tied to a “no-cost” mortgage.
When should you refinance your home?
Although every situation is different, I would recommend refinancing your mortgage if:
- Current interest rates are at least 1 percent lower than your existing rate.
- You plan on staying in your home for another 5 years (give or take)
- You anticipate being approved for the refinance loan.
Is it a good idea to refinance a house?
One of the best reasons to refinance is to lower the interest rate on your existing loan. Historically, the rule of thumb is that refinancing is a good idea if you can reduce your interest rate by at least 2%. However, many lenders say 1% savings is enough of an incentive to refinance.
Is it bad to refinance your home multiple times?
Experts agree that while refinancing multiple times may work for some, the decision rests largely on how expensive the process will be both upfront and over time in interest. Some homeowners may find benefit in refinancing more than once in a short period of time, while others will find it prohibitively expensive.
What happens when you refinance your mortgage?
Refinancing a mortgage involves taking out a new loan to pay off your original mortgage loan. In many cases, homeowners refinance to take advantage of lower market interest rates, cash out a portion of their equity, or to reduce their monthly payment with a longer repayment term.