Mortgage refinancing is the process of replacing your mortgage or mortgages on your property with a new mortgage, generally with different terms than the original mortgage.
There are 3 common reason why someone may want to refinance their mortgage:
1. To take advantage of low interest rates
Don’t let penalties deter you; first, know the numbers. Breaking your contract for a lower interest rate can save you money over time, depending on the penalty and the size of your outstanding mortgage. If you hold a variable rate mortgage, then expect to pay a penalty of three months interest, and if you hold a fixed rate mortgage, then you will pay the greater of three months interest or interest rate differential penalty (IRD).
2. To access equity (cash) in your home
By refinancing, you can access up to 80% of your home’s value less any outstanding mortgages. That’s extra money for investment opportunities, home renovations, or your children’s education. There are several ways to access this equity including breaking your mortgage, taking on a home equity line of credit or blending and extending your mortgage with your current lender.
3. To consolidate debt
If you have enough equity in your home, you will be able to pay-out high-interest debt through a refinance. For example, if you have a number of outstanding debts, such as a car loan, a line of credit, or credit card bills, you may be able to consolidate all of the debt through the variety of refinance options available.