Many homeowners become aware of the high interest rates they are paying on personal debt (e.g., car loans, credit cards, and student loans) much greater than doing a refinance of their home mortgage. The average interest rate for credit card debt at the end of 2018 was 16.71% while the average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.3%.
The average American household carries about $16,000 in credit card debt, approaching $30,000 in car loans, and many tens of thousands in student loans. The savings in interest can be significant. The difference between the credit card debt (16.71%) and the average mortgage rate (~4%) is 12% in savings!
Doing a cash-out refi can help solve this problem of overwhelming debt. A refinance allows you to tap into the equity tied up in your home, putting it to work for you. When you refinance and access some of your money, you may use it for any purpose. Many pay off debt, which means optimizing their finances.
Some of our clients save $100s and even $1,000s per month restructuring their debt by refinancing.
If you are concerned that your mortgage will start over at 30-years, we have programs that offer flex terms, so you can keep your current term. We can do just about any term between 10 and 30 years. If you want 23, 18 or 12 years, we can do it!
If you currently have mortgage insurance, you may be able to eliminate that portion of your payment if your value has increased enough in the past few years.
Refinancing is an easy process and can have the added benefit of boosting your credit score when all is said and done. If your credit card limits are higher than the recommended 30% usage—or even maxed out, paying them off with proceeds from a refinance can help your credit score. Interest rates are still at historical lows, but may rise soon.
Silver Leaf Mortgage is a broker, which means that we can seek out the very best options for you from a variety of lenders whether you are self-employed, or W2. Our loan officers have years of experience and will work closely with you to be sure that the refinance loan you select will best meet your needs.