What Does it Mean to Refinance?

Written by RateText Team Updated over a week ago

The process of a loan refinance involves taking out a new loan in order to pay off an existing loan(s) or to access equity on a mortgage loan. Typically, borrowers will choose to refinance to obtain a lower interest rate or lower their loan repayment amount.

Before you choose to refinance your mortgage loan, it is important to understand your options and reasons for refinancing.

Why Should You Refinance?

Borrowers with sufficient equity in their homes can refinance to meet current personal or financial needs. Most borrowers will refinance in order to:

What to Know Before You Refinance

Before going through the process of refinancing a loan, there are a few important things to evaluate. First, check your credit score to ensure that you will be able to obtain lower your interest rate. Remember, interest rates and the amount you will be permitted to borrow are dependent on your credit score.

Know your debt-to-income ratio or DTI. DTI is your total monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income. DTI is a way lenders determine your ability to repay the money you’re borrowing. (Most lenders require a DTI of 50% or lower. A DTI that’s too high could disqualify you from refinancing or limit your refinance options.)

Secondly, refinancing does come with a cost, upfront. Typically, the savings that follow over the long-term far outweigh the refinancing costs, but there are cases where this isn’t true. So, it is important to evaluate this with your lender or with Lending Studios Support. Refinancing will have a loan origination fee, closing fee, and other loan fees.

Not All Refinancing Options Are the Same – Shop Around

When it comes to refinancing your home mortgage, not all packages are the same; not all lenders will offer the same interest rates or deals. Make sure you examine all your lending options to uncover your best rate and the best terms.

Seek out a few quotes before inquiring with your current lender. See what kind of rates you can get from competitors before inquiring with your current lender about refinancing. This will help you negotiate better terms with your current lender.

Lending Studios is here to assist homeowners to determine their eligibility for loan refinancing.

Our mortgage calculators are a great tool to gauge your readiness for particular types of lending products: