What is Refinancing?

What is Refinancing?

What is Refinancing?

In the retail world, you can remedy a mistake by returning items you are dissatisfied with. With mortgages, the equivalent of returning something is known as refinancing.


“Refinancing” means taking out another loan, usually one with better terms, and using it to pay off your original mortgage. I know. This sounds kind of like paying off a credit card bill with another credit card. But trust me. It’s not.


First off, refinancing is a lot less risky than using a credit card to pay off another credit card (which is known as a “balance transfer”).


Second off, as long you as you keep making your monthly payments and find a loan that better meets your financial needs, you will not be in a worse position than before (unlike a person who simply shuffles around their debt in the hopes that it will magically fall off a cliff).


Instead of, say, having to make your payments all in one-dollar bills that you then have to toss out of your moving vehicle to the debt collector passing beneath you, you can have more flexibility about how you structure your payments when you choose a more “easygoing” lender.


Refinancing goes something like this:
  1. Qualify for a new loan that better meets your needs
  2. Pay off your initial loan (using your new loan)
  3. Start paying off your new loan

If your current plan is not working for you, get in touch with a mortgage consultant to discuss your options for refinancing.


To learn more about what makes a good mortgage, read our article on “The Ideal Mortgage Loan.”