Monday, May 10, 2010

Home Refinance Advice

When it comes to a home refinance, things aren't always as easy as they may initially appear; learn how to protect yourself and get a great rate with this easy to use home refinance advice

Home Refinance Advice

  1. Work with a solid lender. With the recent banking crisis it can be difficult to know which company is solid and which isn't. Take time to verify the credentials of the refinance lender and follow-up by making copies of all paperwork, communication and other transactions. In the event of a problem, you will have the information required to prove your position.
  2. Don't fall for scams. Always verify the credentials of any home refinance provider prior to relating sensitive information including social security number, banking or credit scores. It's a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer regulatory agency in your state to confirm the agency is in good standing and eligible to write loans. Never do business with a company that requires large up-front fees to gain information or anyone that makes promises that sound too good to be true. Know what typical closing costs and other refinance fees will be before you sign.
  3. Speak to a credit counselor. If you are interested in home refinance as a way to reduce monthly debt, it may be advisable to speak with a credit counselor first. Sometimes it is possible to restructure or modify current loans or debts to make them more affordable without having to refinance. Depending upon your specific situation, loan modifications, extended payment plans or other payment options may be less costly in the long run and provide the same relief for a fraction of the cost. Remember, the time to act is before you are in serious financial trouble. Plan ahead in order to keep all your options open and then make the best decision for your situation.
  4. Get it in writing. Refinancing is a complex transaction where time is of the essence; everything from rate locks to points paid are subject to change so always be sure to get everything in writing. Never rely upon verbal approval only. In the event of a problem you will not have sufficient proof to substantiate your position.
  5. Make copies of everything. You have probably heard the saying to err is human. Well, it certainly holds true when dealing with any type of paperwork. During the course of a mortgage or home refinance you will be required to submit many types of forms and documentation. Take a few extra minutes to make a copy of everything just in case it is needed later. Not only is it a great way to stay organized but it may help prevent the late submission of paperwork required to get the best rate.


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