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Currently have home for sale, want to refinance and take off market. Is this possible?

Currently have home for sale, want to refinance and take off market. Is this possible?

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Sure. BUT - I cannot guarantee that you will qualify or that it would be beneficial to you without knowing more. You should certainly contact lenders to find out what refinance options are available to you based on your current financial situation.

The only way to determine whether or not you will qualify for a refinance loan is to apply for a loan with several different lenders and/or brokers.

Bills.com makes it easy to compare mortgage offers and different loan types. Please visit the loan page and find a loan that meets your needs at:

https://www.bills.com/mortage/refinance

Not only will these mortgage professionals be able to tell you whether or not your currently qualify, but if you do not qualify, they can tell you what aspects of your financial situation might cause you problems, and make suggestions about how to improve your chances to qualify for a loan.

If you would like to read more about mortgage refinance loans, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com Home Refinance Resources page at http://www.bills.com/home-refinance

Here are the main considerations that a lender will consider:

First, your credit history is a major consideration when you are shopping for a new mortgage. A favorable credit score will increase your chances of finding a loan that will lower your monthly payments, since you will qualify for better interest rates than those available to people with credit problems. Currently, the average interest rate for a new 30 year fixed-rate loan is 6.3%, and the average FICO credit score is 723. So, if your credit score is better than 720, you should expect to qualify for an interest rate of around 6.3%, or possibly lower. However, if you have had credit problems in the past, you could be forced to pay a significantly higher interest rate, which could make your monthly payments much higher. For example, the monthly payment on a $100,000 30 year mortgage at 6.5% is approximately $630, plus insurance, taxes, etc. If the interest rate on the loan increases to 9.5%, the monthly payment increases to $840, an increase of over $200 per month. As you can see, your credit score, which is one of the major determinants of your interest rate, is extremely important when shopping for a new mortgage.

The amount of equity you have in your home, and the length of time you have been paying on your current mortgage will also be major considerations, since you are looking to pull money out of the home and lower your monthly payments. In order to lower your payments, you must either obtain a loan with a lower interest rate than your current mortgage, find a mortgage with a longer repayment term, or borrow less than the original balance of your current mortgage. For example, if you have $60,000 left to pay on a $100,000 mortgage, you could cash out $40,000 in equity and keep the same monthly payment as the old loan, assuming the interest rate and loan term remain the same. However, if the balance of your new mortgage will be more than that of your old mortgage, you must either find a lower interest rate or take a loan with a longer repayment term, if you want to keep your monthly payments the same.

As I mentioned before, you need to shop around with different lenders and brokers to find the loan that best suits your needs. I encourage you to start your search by visiting the Bills.com Home Refinance Resources page at http://www.bills.com/home-refinance where you will find a wealth of information about home refinance programs. If you enter your contact information in the Bills.com Savings Center at the top of the page, we can have several pre-screened mortgage brokers contact you to discuss the options available to you.

I wish you the best of luck in your search for a refinance loan. I hope that the information I have provided helps you Find. Learn. Save.

Best,

Bill

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  • BA
    Feb, 2009
    Bill
    It will be difficult for you to get a refinance loan as your home is worth less than the balance of the loan, regardless of your credit score. But if you are able to pay off the balance on the loan to bring it down to what the home is worth, then there is a chance that you might be able to get it refinanced to maybe a 100% of the current value. If you cannot afford the mortgage payment, you should also discuss the option of a short sale with your lender.
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  • 35x35
    Feb, 2009
    Phong
    I got this townhouse 2 years ago. Price was $480000 down 10% $48000. My mortgage is 80/20 7 years ARP. rate is 5.35% 1st mortgage, 6.75% 2nd mortage. Monthly with tax is $2500. Now my house is worth only $375,000. Should I sale this house with a lost or refiance for 30 years fix? Since the interest rate is low. My credit score is above 750. Thank you
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