Looking to Refinance Your Mortgage? Here’s What You Need to Know
Posted By Lauren Dobie on Dec 16, 2022

Are you looking to refinance your home?  If so, there are several factors to keep in mind. Here are some tips and tricks to help you navigate the process and make the most of your refinancing experience. 

First, you need to consider why you are looking to refinance. Are you looking to lower your monthly payments? What about paying off your mortgage faster?  Or perhaps you are looking to tap into your home’s equity? Understanding your goals will assist you in determining the right type of refinancing for you. 

Scenario 1: You want to lower your monthly payments. If your monthly mortgage payments are too high and you’re having trouble paying them, refinancing to a lower interest rate can help reduce your payments and make them more manageable. 

Scenario 2: You’re looking to pay off your mortgage faster. By refinancing to a shorter loan term, you can pay off your mortgage faster and save money on interest over the life of the loan. 

Scenario 3: You want to tap into your home’s equity. If you have built up equity in your home over time, refinancing can allow you to gain access to that equity and use it for things like home improvements or debt consolidation. 

Scenario 4: Interest rates have dropped. If interest rates have dropped since you first took out your mortgage, refinancing to a lower rate can save you money on your monthly payments as well as over the lifetime of the loan. 

Once you’ve determined your reason for refinancing, it is important to compare rates and conditions from several lenders. This will help you find the best deal and ensure that you’re getting a competitive rate. Carefully review the terms of each offer and ask questions. 

It’s also a good idea to consider the costs of refinancing such as closing costs and fees and remember to factor them into your decision.  When you’re ready to move forward with your refinance, be sure to review and understand the terms of your new loan carefully. This includes the interest rate, loan term, and any fees or closing costs.  You should also have a lawyer review the contract to ensure that you understand all the terms and conditions. 

important documents needed to refinance:

  • Paystubs

  • Tax Returns, W2s, and 1099s 

  • Homeowners Insurance 

  • Asset and Debt Statements 

Additionally, don’t forget to continue making timely payments on your existing mortgage until your refinance is complete. This will help you avoid late fees or damage to your credit score. 

Refinancing can be a good option if you’re looking to lower your monthly payments, pay off your mortgage faster, access your home’s equity, or take advantage of lower interest rates. Don’t forget to carefully compare rates and terms and consider the costs of refinancing before deciding. 


Contact a loan officer for a complimentary refinancing consultation and find out the best options for you.



*This material has not been reviewed, approved or issued by HUD, FHA or any government agency. The company is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/FHA or any other government agency.

This information is provided for convenience only, and Family First Funding LLC and its affiliates (“FFF”) make no warranties concerning the accuracy or completeness of any of the information. Information is subject to change without notice, and FFF is under no obligation to provide updated information. This is not financial, tax, compliance or legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. Each individual should consult with his/her financial, tax, compliance or legal professional. Mention of product, process or service shall not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation by FFF.

Please note that by refinancing your existing loan, your total finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan.

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