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Is refinancing right for you?

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Is refinancing right for you?

Here are the most common reasons for refinancing:

  • You have a fixed-rate mortgage with a high interest rate, and are looking to get a lower interest rate
  • You have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and are looking to get a fixed rate
  • You have two mortgages and would like to consolidate them into one
  • You have a long-term loan and would like a shorter-term loan so you can pay it off and build equity more quickly
  • You have a short-term loan and would like a longer-term loan so as to reduce your monthly payments
  • You want to move from an interest-only mortgage to a loan that pays down the principal
  • You want some extra cash to make a purchase or to pay off other debt
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Benefits of refinancing

Refinancing makes sense if you fit into one of the categories listed above. If you’re curious about your specific scenario, reach out today and we’ll take a look!

Four common refinancing options:

Cash-Out or Cash Back Refinance

This plan allows you to refinance your mortgage for more than you currently owe. The difference and the equity is converted into cash for the homeowner.

Lower Fixed-Rate Loan

If you currently have a high fixed-rate mortgage and the rates have dropped due to market conditions, then you may want to refinance to a low fixed-rate loan. Also, if you have an ARM, you might consider this option in order to get the security of a fixed rate. Even if your adjustable rate is low now, it is not guaranteed to remain that way; but if you get a low fixed-rate loan, then you lock that low rate in for the life of the loan. This option is a good choice if you are not planning on moving within the next five years.

Shorter-Term Loan

If your main goal is to quickly build up equity and to pay off your mortgage sooner, then the shorter-term loan is probably your best choice. A lot of times, if you refinance to this type of loan, your monthly payments will be higher, but you will pay substantially less interest and your mortgage will be paid off sooner. Also, you would benefit from a larger tax deduction on interest if you move from a 30-year fixed* to a 15-year fixed* loan. There are some cases, however, in which you may be able to refinance to a shorter-term loan without raising your monthly payment -if you’ve had your current mortgage for enough years.

Longer-Term Loan

If your current monthly payments are higher than is comfortable for your financial situation, then you might want to consider refinancing to a longer-term loan. This will result in a decrease in your monthly payments, since you will have more time to repay the loan. Examining your current mortgage and knowing how you would like to improve it are the first steps you need to take when starting the refinancing process. Once you know this, you can choose the option that will best help you achieve your goals.

Lisa Severseike Mortgage

Lisa Severseike

Branch Manager + Mortgage Loan Originator //  NMLS #7911

I am the mother of all boys, including our golden mountain doodle, Appa, and cat, Duke. As queen of my home, life is never dull. It is full of spills and thrills. We live and work in small-town America. I love living in Iowa. After graduating from college with my degree in teaching and coaching endorsements, I directed my love for business and teaching into the mortgage world and haven’t looked back. For over 20 years, I get to do what I love and love who I get to connect with every day.

I am passionate about giving back to my profession and my community by being involved with local non-profits and industry organizations. 100 Women who Care, Bridge Home, Boys and Girls Club of Story county the MBA just to name a few.

Our branch eats, breathes, and lives doing mortgages. We don’t want your checking account and we won’t try to sell you an investment. We are here to help you look at your mortgage options and walk you through the process until you obtain the keys to the home you are buying. Whether your credit is perfect or if there were a few hiccups, we can help you with your mortgage options. Our office has over 50 years of experience to draw on. We care deeply about your dream to own a home or to reach your financial goals by owning investment properties.

lisa@globalstatemortgage.com(515) 231-4119
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