Can Refinancing A Loan Really Save You Money?
by Joseph Kenny
You have heard that refinancing a loan might be able to save you some money, but do you know how it could? This article will show you how you might be able to benefit by refinancing your mortgage, and showing you how you could end up saving some money - with a better deal.
If you have any thought at all that you wish your payments could be a little lower, then this article is for you. Many mortgages were made at a time when the economy was doing better than it is right now. So you may be one of those people who, because the economy was good, got a variable interest rate on your mortgage. It was good when you got it because it helped you get that house you wanted, but now you may be faced with a higher payment soon - in fact, possibly a much higher payment than you had before. Refinancing may provide you with a real good solution.
Combine Your Debt
If you have more than one form of debt, and are paying a hefty rate of interest on some of it, then refinancing will give you the opportunity to combine the debt, and get a better rate of interest. Combining them all together makes it so much easier to write one check, too.
Reduce Your Term Length
With many mortgages, the term length allows the lender to tack on to the loan a whole lot of extra interest. The longer the term length, the more interest you are paying. By reducing the term length, and combining your loans, you can pay more on the principal quicker, thus reducing the overall amount that you owe.
Get Better Interest Rates
Having more than one type of debt may mean that you have at least one of them with a higher rate of interest. By getting a loan when the interest rates are down, you can definitely save some money. Refinancing your debts, however, is only valuable to you if you can get a lower interest rate than you have now. If one or more of your debts have a lower rate than the one you are getting, keep them separate and enjoy the low rate, but bring down your overall debt interest where possible.
Get Smaller Payments
By refinancing your mortgage, you have opportunity to get a smaller loan, and this could give you smaller payments, too. You will want to make sure, however, that there is not any penalty for paying off the loan quicker than the term length of the loan. Take advantage of the smaller payments, as much as possible, and make larger than the minimum payments each month to be able to get out of debt as soon as possible. If you cannot pay more than you were before, at least pay as close as possible to the same amount - which will enable you to pay it all off sooner.
Get Some Extra Cash
By refinancing, you may also get a little extra money for one or more projects around the house, too. If money is tight, though, you may want to hold the extra projects until the debt is reduced some and you build up some equity in the new loan - if the project can wait.