Just like your original home loan, a refinance loan can be complicated. It doesn't have to be! Here is a breakdown of all the steps required to getting, and getting through, a refinance loan.
Find out which refinance loans you qualify for and which loans will be best for you. Each loan will have different interest rates, which will influence your decision. By calculating your savings, and knowing your estimated credit score, you and your loan officer will be able to choose a loan program without an issue. To look into the types of refinance loans available, visit https://ruoff.com/refinance.
The kind of refinance you need will depend on what you want to do with it. How much money do you want to save every month? How much money do you want to get out of your home? How much time do you want to cut off your loan? Calculate these numbers as they directly affect your refinance goals and should be considered seriously.
Begin gathering the documents you will need for your refinance loan. This will usually include:
Your lender may request fewer or additional documents, so be prepared to provide the information that your lender needs to complete your loan.
This is where you will officially choose your lender for the duration of the loan process. Whether you want the loan officer who helped you buy your home, or whether you choose an entirely new one, it’s important to shop around and do your research. It’s a good idea to gather a few offers before selecting the lender that you like best.
Are you having trouble getting approved? The biggest threat to your approval is a low credit score. If you know you’re credit isn’t great, you need to build it up before applying for a refinance. Not only will it give you a better chance of getting approved, but you will also get a better monthly rate. The lower your credit score, the more you’re going to pay on a loan over time.
Most refinances require an appraisal. An appraisal determines the value of our home. Appraisers are looking at the condition of the permanent parts of our house. So, patch walls, clean soiled carpets, keep your home pest free, and get rid of odors. Broken windows, cracked ceilings, and leaks are all major issues that will need to be fixed immediately.
At this point, your loan will be sent to an underwriter to review. This can take weeks, but your lender will update you at any point in the underwriting process. An underwriter must review and approve the loan before you can move forward with the refinance. This part of the process is where our credit report will be pulled. You may be knocked out of the process if you have financial red flags like bankruptcy, low credit, or late payments.
During the closing process, you’ll be singing lending disclosures, promissory notes, a new deed, and of course, your new mortgage agreement. It can seem as though the paperwork is endless, but just like with your initial mortgage, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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