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The right time for mortgage refinancing

February 7, 2006 10:34 PM EST | Mortgage | Email to Friend


Mortgage refinancing can be the easiest way to improve a bad credit situation. Here’s why.


If interest rates have dropped by a percentage point or more since you got your first mortgage, refinancing could save you big bucks. And if you have enough equity so that your new mortgage is for less than 80% of your home’s value, you’ll be able to stop paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), which will save you even more.

Mortgage refinancing could also result in lower monthly payments, depending on factors such as: if any ‘points’ are paid to lower the interest rate on the new mortgage; how much cash is taken out at the time of refinancing; the duration of the new mortgage and whether the new mortgage is a fixed-rate, adjustable-rate or variable-rate loan.“

A vast majority of people close their loans, make their payments and don't worry about it again,” says Bob Cannon of BancMortgage Financial Corp. “They don't refinance when they should be looking at it.”

Even if you have bad credit and have to pay somewhat higher interest rates, mortgage refinancing will still cost less than other forms of borrowing because the loan is secured by your home. And if you use the money wisely, you can get out of credit trouble and raise your FICO score. This will qualify you for better rates in the future.

Your FICO score is computed and tracked by the three major credit bureaus: Trans Union, Equifax and Experian. Your score is updated quarterly and is negatively affected by such things as: late or missed loan payments, filing for bankruptcy, having too much debt compared to your income, and credit card balances being too close to their limits.

Fixing Bad Credit
If you are a homeowner, mortgage refinancing can go a long way toward improving your financial situation. Here are a few other positive steps you can take to speed up the process:

Credit card discipline - Reduce the number of cards in your wallet or purse to one. Take it out only when necessary and pay it off each month.

Credit union membership - If you aren’t already a member, join a credit union. They’re a good source of loans for purchases like a car or a home.

Automatic savings - Have your bank automatically deposit a set amount from your paycheck into your savings account or retirement plan.

Avoid credit repair scams - There’s nothing a credit repair company can do that you can’t do yourself with a little research and effort.

Many of the homes on your block have probably been refinanced in the last few years. Now it’s your turn. For more information on bad credit mortgage refinancing and a quote based on today’s best rates, visit www.badcreditmortgagerefinancingnow.com.

Mike Hamel is the author of several books and the Senior Writer for AIM Techs, www.salesandmarketingllc.com, an Internet marketing company that specializes in improving visitor-to-sale conversions using proprietary software and advanced SEM techniques.

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