Mortgage refinance has helped many in the state to make their lives more convenient (financially). However, not everyone belongs to this category; there are also those who have been left dejected due to one or more reasons. Nothing is ideal and while refinance comes with a lot of benefits, it does have its share of negatives too.
a) Risks: Majority of the population gets used to working in accordance to the current plan. Changing the plan means understanding the concepts of the policy all over again this increasing the chances of causing an error. In the long run, it is highly possible to get exposed to risks that are more dangerous than those posed by the current plan.
b) Understand the Math: Loans involve a lot of math calculations which may get complicated. What may look to be a low premium policy could end up with the mortgager paying more than what he was originally meant to pay. Interest rates can be simple or compounded. Calculations of both are different and cannot be compared. It is important to look at the long term interest to avoid this risk.
c) Added Fees: Refinancing comes with administrative charges. This fee is fairly high and because of it, it would be impractical to opt for refinance if the property is not going to be used for at least a period of 2 years. Otherwise, the costs alone would compensate for the amount saved as a consequence of refinancing. Again, it is vital to look at the long term goals.
d) Penalties: Some policies come with early payment penalties. When an individual refinances his mortgage, the new provider of the loan pays off the initial loan in full. These penalties like the administrative charges can be fairly high and difficult to ignore. At the end of it, it is vital to ensure that mortgage refinance is opted for only when the new policy offers sufficient savings. If the savings are going to be of a few thousand dollars (over a period of 20 – 30 years) it would be best not to refinance at all. Doing so would mean wasting time and effort into something that is not even going to be felt over time. For example: if the new policy saves $5,000 over 20 years, it means a saving of $20 a month which is next to nothing. Nevertheless, if the motive is something other than saving on the finances, the game altogether changes.
Many a times, people opt for refinance with the intention of cash out. Under this, they refinance a larger amount than what they originally have to pay and utilize the extra amount in the area of need. This practice too comes under refinance and proves to be very beneficial for those who find themselves in dire need for money.
Whatever the case, it is important to read the offer documents carefully before agreeing to the same. Do not haste things in a manner that may end up in a disaster.