Question: I would like to find out if I can refinance my mortgage. What is needed for this?
Answer: To get a new loan, you need to apply for a new loan and qualify with your lender.
Do you qualify for refinancing?
Before applying for a refinance, it is a good idea to determine if you would qualify for a loan. If not, you know sooner and later you can start solving any problems.
To qualify for a home loan, you need the following:
- Decent credit
- Sufficient income
- Enough home equity
First, look at your credit. By law, you are allowed to order free credit reports from each credit reporting agency every year. Look for errors in these reports. Ideally, you have no late payment, and your credit is better (or better) than when you got your original loan. You can refinance with less perfect credit, but you have fewer options.
Next, see if you have enough revenue to refinance. You probably have an idea of what your new monthly payments will be (if not, use a credit calculator to find out). Make sure your debt and income relationships are sufficient to qualify for a new loan.
Finally, you get an idea of the relationship between credit and value. You can usually refinance without much difficulty if your credit balance is less than 80% of the value of your home. However, your credit and income can always cause problems.
Challenges of refinancing
If you find that you cannot refinance because lenders do not like your loan, income, or value-for-money loan, try to find a solution. If your credit or income is to blame, consider using a co-signer to qualify for the loan. That person can make lenders more secure in repayment.
If your copier has strong credit, the approval is even greater.
If you can’t refinance because you don’t have enough capital (or your home is underwater), research government programs. There are several refinancing programs designed for homeowners who have fallen on hard times. You can only refinance through these programs if you meet certain criteria, but it’s always worth a try.
Generally speaking, government loan programs are your best bet if you cannot refinance with a bank or mortgage broker. These programs have the best conditions when it comes to credit scores and home equity.
Lastly, the only way to find out if you can refinance is to apply for a loan (however, you should familiarize yourself with the topics above before actually applying). When you are ready to move forward, contact the lender and begin the process.