How Refinancing Your Mortgage Can Help With Debt Consolidation

By: Joseph Kenny

Many people understand what it means to have too little money at the end of the month. This creates a good deal of stress over the long run, which is increased more when the debtors start to call. Hopefully, you are not there yet. By refinancing your mortgage, however, you have something that may be able to help you if you have some equity built up in your home. Here is how you can go about getting a great refinancing deal on your mortgage.

Know How Much Debt You Have

Being that the main goal of refinancing - in this case, is to consolidate your debts, you need to figure out just how much you owe. This will enable you to have just one payment each month - and it will cover all of your current debts.

In addition to the amount of your debt, you may want to borrow a little more for a project or two. Since this may be a rare opportunity to get access to your equity, you want to take advantage of it. Whether you want to put an addition onto your home, do some renovation in your kitchen, or pay for college, it could be a good time to get the money for it. How much you can actually get, though, will depend largely on your credit score and income.

Calculate What You Can Afford

Your own goals of refinancing need to be realistically balanced by what you can afford. You should calculate this amount carefully and not get a larger mortgage payment that may be too hard to handle.

Repair Credit Score

If you already have some credit score problems, you will want to wait a few months (at least) while you work to raise your score. You can get a better mortgage - in terms of interest rate as well as the amount, if your credit score is good. The best way to raise your score is to pay down some of your debt, and make sure that you make the payments on time. You may also need to destroy a credit card or two - if you have several.

Get A Better Interest Rate

While you are working to repair that credit rating (if you need to), it would be a good idea to start watching the market. By knowing when the interest rates for mortgages takes a little dip, you will be able to take advantage of it and get a better interest rate. The lower the rate the better it is for you, and you probably should not refinance your mortgage unless there is at least a 1% difference.

Know What Kind Of Mortgage You Want

Different mortgages will produce different results. Some kinds of mortgages may be able to provide some immediate financial relief (with a lower payment), but could result in financial disaster later on. Many of these depend on the fact that you hope your financial future and income look brighter than it does today. Since you probably have no guarantee of this - you should avoid those kind of mortgages.

It is also possible to get longer terms on a mortgage as well. Today, there are even 40 and 50-year mortgages. However, these do result in a lot more interest and you probably want to stay away unless there is no other choice.

Compare Mortgages Carefully

The more you know about mortgages, the better deal you will be able to get. The best mortgages are discovered when you compare one of them with other ones. It will, however, take some research and careful analysis - once you receive several quotes.

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