Choosing to refinance a loan can be a major decision, especially
if that loan is a major loan such as a mortgage or automotive
financing. If you refinance your loan too soon, you might end up
doing more harm than good and not be able to do much to correct
it... but if you wait you might end up missing out on a good
deal that isn't likely to return.
Before you make the decision to refinance, you should take the
time to make sure that you understand exactly what refinancing
entails and should look at the various signs to determine
whether or not the time is actually right for you to refinance
Below you'll find some basic information on what refinancing is
as well as information that might help you to make the decision
as to whether or not it's the right time to take that step.
What Refinancing Is
Though the name may suggest that refinancing a loan is simply a
negotiation of the loan's terms, it is actually a separate loan
that is used to pay off the remainder of the original loan at
the new loan's interest rate and payment cycle.
Refinancing can be done at the bank or lender from which you
received the original loan or at some other lenders; this can be
beneficial if you're wishing to change banks or lenders but are
worried about the outstanding loan that you currently have.
The refinance loan usually uses the same collateral as the
original loan, though in some cases you can change the
collateral and use the new collateral to attempt to get a lower
Whatever collateral was used for the original loan will be free
of lien should you use new collateral; the original loan has
been completely paid off by the refinance loan, so any
collateral or other factors that applied specifically to the
original will not apply to the new loan.
There may be certain factors, such as the requirement by many
lenders that you have homeowners insurance for mortgage loans,
that may carry over to the refinance loan as well.
How to Tell if the Time Is Right
If you're thinking of refinancing, you should begin by looking
at current interest rates for loans and trends in refinance
lending. Many finance journals, newspapers, and tabloids will
have information on whether national interest rates are likely
to change soon and whether they will increase or decrease, so
that is a good place to start.
You should also look at your current loan and how much of it has
been repaid... unless you get a really good deal, it's generally
not worth the trouble to refinance a loan unless you've been
making payments for a year or more since the difference in the
original amount and the refinance amount won't be significant.
Consider your current monthly payment and interest rate and
determine whether you'll be likely to get a better rate and
lower payment from a new loan, and then shop around at various
lenders so as to find the best rates available.
Signs that the Time Isn't Right
Should you find that interest rates are at a higher level than
what you're currently paying or that you haven't paid off a
significant portion of the original loan, you might want to wait
It's possible to end up paying more in interest or monthly
payments than your original loan when you refinance, so you
should always take care to do a bit of research before deciding
to commit to a refinance loan.
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About the author:
John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help
homeowners find the best available loans via the www.directonlineloans.