Refinance your home loan

Refinancing your current mortgage may be a lot easier than you think. And we can help you every step of the way. Each feature of our refinance page was built to empower you - the homeowner - in your quest for a better home loan.

Whether you're looking to lower your monthly payment or just explore your options, we have plenty of useful tools that can help you refinance with confidence.

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Top 5 reasons to refinance

No cost, no money down or closing cost

If you can find a no-cost mortgage that's better than your current loan, you should ALWAYS refinance. Otherwise, consider the benefits of refinancing to make sure it's worth it for you.

Lower your monthly payment

Lowering your monthly payments can loosen the belt on your household budget and allow you to focus on some other changes you might want to look into – like switching to a fixed-rate mortgage. Your lender will be able to help you address all the variables.

Lower your interest rate
If you’re not significantly paying down the principal, you could be throwing money away. By lowering your interest rate, you could conceivably pay off your mortgage faster while you’re chipping away at that principal, too.
Convert an ARM to a fixed-rate mortgage
Rather than waiting for the inevitable rate hike when your ARM matures, why not get locked into a rate you’re comfortable with right now? It pays to look into this so you’re not overpaying and overextending your budget.
Trade home equity for cash
If you’re 20 years into a 30 year loan, it might seem like a great idea to do a cash-out refinance. After all, the rates are usually lower. But you also need to consider that a loan of that maturity is likely paying a lot towards the principal. Make sure you do what’s best for you in the long term.

What is mortgage refinance?

Refinancing is the process of paying off your existing mortgage with a new mortgage. Typically, you refinance your mortgage to reduce your interest rate and monthly payment or change the length (or term) of your mortgage. You may also refinance to take cash out from your home's equity.

Glossary Terms

HARP Refinance
The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) was created by the federal government in April of 2009 to allow eligible homeowners with little home... <a href='/glossary/what-is-harp-refinance' title='See the full definition of HARP Refinance'>read more</a>
Cash-Out Refinancing
A refinance in which the new loan amount exceeds the total needed to pay off the existing mortgage. The difference goes to the borrower and can be... <a href='/glossary/what-is-cash-out-refinancing' title='See the full definition of Cash-Out Refinancing '>read more</a>
Rate and Term Refinancing
A mortgage refinance that replaces the existing mortgage with a new one but does not disburse cash to the borrower. Rate and term refinancing is... <a href='/glossary/what-is-rate-and-term-refinancing' title='See the full definition of Rate and Term Refinancing'>read more</a>
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Home Price (Purchase)
When you get a mortgage to purchase a home, the lender uses the lower of the agreed-upon purchase price or the property's appraised value to determine your maximum loan amount. The loan amount divided by the property home price equals your loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. That ratio is one of the major factors that lenders use to set your mortgage rate. If your LTV exceeds 80 percent, you'll probably be required to pay mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment. If the property appraises for less than the agreed-on purchase price, you are not usually required to complete the purchase.
Home Value (Refinance)
This is your estimate of the current value of your property. When you refinance, your home is almost always evaluated by a licensed appraiser. The refinance loan amount divided by the property's appraised value equals your loan-to-value ratio (LTV), and that number is one of the major factors that determine your mortgage rate. To get an accurate refinance rate quote, your home value estimate must be reasonably accurate.
Down Payment
The down payment is the amount you pay upfront when you finance property. Your purchase price minus your down payment equals your mortgage amount. The higher your down payment, the more likely you are to be approved for a home loan. If your down payment is less than 20 percent of the purchase price, you'll probably be required to pay for mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment.
Credit Score
Your credit score is a number designed to measure your credit-worthiness. It's based on a formula that combines many factors, including your payment history, amount of credit used and number of accounts. This number is used by lenders to calculate the probability that you'll default on your mortgage. Most lenders won't approve mortgages to applicants with credit scores lower than 620. Your credit score is one of the most important factors that determines your mortgage rate - applicants with higher scores are offered better mortgage rates.

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Should I refinance
my mortgage?

If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then a refinance may be right for you:

  • Are interest rates rising?
  • Has your credit rating improved?
  • Has your income increased?
  • Has your home equity increased?
  • Do you need to consolidate debt?
  • Do you need money for a major expense?

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It’s so easy. All it takes is answering a few simple questions and you’re on your way to the perfect refinance loan. The tools below make it a snap to shop, compare and negotiate so you get the best deal.

  1. Mortgage Checkup Get a personalized overview of how refinancing can help you save.
  2. Loan Explorer Take a look at customized rates, plans and lender reviews.
  3. Refinance Breakeven Calculator Get a detailed analysis of how an individual refinance loan will help you save.
  4. Mortgage Negotiator Enter your GFE (Good Faith Estimate) results to compare lender offers.

It's really that simple to get the answers you need about refinancing. And remember – there's no obligation – and no cost - to find out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cash-out mortgage refinancing?

Borrowers who refi their mortgage often want to convert some of their equity in their home into cash. If you take out cash when you refinance, your new loan will be bigger than the loan you want to replace. The difference between the current pay-off amount and the new balance is paid to you in cash.

Can cash-out refinancing save you money?

Before refinancing for cash-out, make sure it's a good idea. Mortgage fees for cash-out refi's are higher than those of ordinary rate-and-term. If you can’t significantly lower your rate, then that may not be the best way to get your cash.

What are the 5 basic steps to refinancing?

1. Determine if you should refinance
2. Find a lender
3. Choose a program
4. Apply here
5. Lock in your rate

Should I refinance to an FHA mortgage?

You don’t need to have an FHA mortgage to refinance with FHA. And the fact that you can refi up to 97.5 percent of your home’s current value is a compelling reason to consider this option. For those with credit scores under 740 or loan-to-values above 80 percent, an FHA refi may be cheaper than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s risk-based surcharges. But FHA also has its costs.

How do I “qualify” for a refinance loan?

Three steps. Home Equity, and Credit Score.
Step 1: Home Equity: Property value should exceed the refinance amount
Step 2: Income: Total of refi payment plus other debts should be < 43% of gross income
Step 3: Credit: Credit score should exceed lender minimums (usually 620-660). Homeowners who don't meet these three guidelines should look for streamline programs, which are more flexible.

Should you use cash-out refinancing?

If you have high interest debt that you want to pay off and you are able to rein in your spending, the answer may be yes. You may be able to use cash-out refinancing to get a much lower interest mortgage with a larger principal, where the difference is enough to pay off that credit card debt. Used wisely, that can be a smart move.

How do you compare a cash-out refi to a home equity loan?

It depends on several factors – how the loan will be used, if the homeowner can improve the terms of their existing mortgage and calculating blended rates and refinance rates. Ultimately, home equity lines can often be set up for free, and home equity loans cost much less to set up than rate-and-term or cash-out refinances. Unless the homeowner can get refi offers that are significantly better than the existing home loan, taking a second mortgage (either home equity loan or line of credit) is a smarter choice.

How does cash-out refinancing work?

Cash-out refinancing is based on your home equity, which is the part of the home that you actually own. For example, if you have a home worth $250,000, and you owe $200,000 on the mortgage, you have $50,000 worth of equity in the home. If you refi the loan, that $50,000 is available for you to use (depending on your lender’s rules).

When does it pay to refinance a mortgage?

Any time you can get a no-cost refi with a lower interest rate, go for it – you have no break-even period, so the savings go straight to your bottom line. You can invest it, pay down your debts or accelerate your mortgage payoff.

How do I get the best rate on my jumbo mortgage refi?

You’ll want to shop around. Find a good broker who not only knows where the programs are, but who also can tell you which lenders offer the best rates and are most likely to approve your application. Local real estate agents who list a lot of high-end homes who also know finances are also a good resource. Keep in mind, though, that a real estate agent’s main priority is that the mortgage gets approved and closed quickly. You can also look into a hybrid ARM improving your credit score in order to lower your loan’s interest rate.

Is it time to refinance your ARM?

As a rule of thumb, it’s worth considering a refinance if your new interest rate will be around 1.5 to 2 percent lower than your current rate. (Otherwise, fees may eat up any potential savings.) Compare your current rate with the posted rates offered by other lenders, but be sure to ask about the index and margin -- if they are different from those of your existing ARM, you may be comparing apples and oranges.

What are the basics of cash-out refinancing?

It is the process of taking out a new mortgage with a larger principal than your current mortgage. The difference in principal is paid to you as cash, which you can use for almost any purpose, including debt consolidation.