Due to recently low interest rates, most home loan applications in Santa Barbara recently have been for refinancing. People refinance for a variety of reasons. Some desire to change from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate mortgage, to shorten or lengthen the term of their loan, to consolidate debt, to request better loan terms, and to consolidate debt.
While refinancing could make a significant difference in the amount you pay each month, there are other costs you should consider (such as finance charges over the life of the loan). In Santa Barbara, refinancing a home mortgage is similar to when you initially applied for your loan. You must have a relatively good credit score, pay closing costs and fees, and may even have a cursory home inspection.
If you are considering refinancing, contact Mark Johnson today at 805-563-1100. He can be your trusted guide you as you consider the long-term costs and benefits based on the equity in your home, the terms of the new and existing loans, and the break-even point at which you will recover your costs. Provided below are a few reasons why a Santa Barbara refinancing home loan might be right for you:
Interest rates could be lower now than when you first closed. A lower rate could reduce your monthly payment – and help you save over the life of the loan.
Shorten the number of years left on your loan to clear mortgage debt faster and build equity quicker.
Get up to 80% of your home's value in cash to cover big costs like paying off high-interest debts or college expenses. Improving your home to boost its value could also be a smart use of cash-out funds.
If you originally secured an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), you could refinance to a fixed-rate loan to protect yourself from future rate hikes.
Homeowners with at least 20% home equity could refinance to remove PMI and lower their monthly payments.
Fix up the home you love and refinance with a renovation loan like HomeStyle or FHA 203(k). Both options let you roll the costs of eligible improvements into one convenient mortgage.