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If you are facing or trying to avoid foreclosure, learning about mortgages and how refinancing them can be a valuable tool in saving your home.  It is good to think about mortgage refinancing before foreclosure is even concern; it can possibly help you pay it off quicker, lower you monthly payments, or even consolidate debt.

Mortgage Refinancing Can It Help You
First you must understand what mortgage refinancing exactly is and how it can possibly help you.  A mortgage refinance loan mainly pays off the mortgage that you already have and is replaced with a new one.  Read on to learn how this can help you!

Adjustable Rate Mortgage or Fixed Rate Mortgage
An adjustable rate mortgage or ARM is where you rate can go up and down depending on the current market and trends.  Paying your mortgage off this way can be easy if you rate is really low, but it is always a gamble because it could also turn around and creep up on you.  A fixed rate mortgage is one single rate that you are fixed into; this scenario can be good or bad as well depending on what the rate was that you were given at the time of purchasing you home.  Sometimes if you got stuck into a bad rate switching to an adjustable rate may be the right option.  If you are in an adjustable rate and the fixed rate is a very low percentage you may want to switch to that.  It really depends on what you can get approved for and what is going on in the current financial market.

Debt Consolidation
You can use a mortgage refinancing to pay off other owed debt.  If you have a lot of existing debt that is getting you down such as, student loans, department store cards, or credit cards, then refinancing may be a good idea.  When a new refinanced loan is drawn up, extra money can be borrowed to pay off existing debts.

Things You Should Consider Before Refinancing
So if you are seriously considering refinancing your current home loan there are some things you should think about before actually going through with it.

-First know what your financial desires are and then consider what refinancing option will work best with those.

-Shop around to find the lowest possible interest rate and terms that you can get.  This is very important to do, talk to several people and don’t make a decision right away…..compare, compare, compare.  You don’t have to stick with your same financial institution, especially if they aren’t offering the lowest rate around.

Don’t Apply Right Away
Each time you apply for a loan, your credit history is pulled and every time you credit score gets run for anything it gets lowered.  So it is very important not to just start applying for every loan out there, go home first and compare all your information and then apply for the one that best meets your needs.

If You Have Bad Credit
If your credit is low, it is likely that you won’t get the lowest possible interest rate available out there.  Try to get your credit fixed up a little bit before refinancing, if possible.  Pay your credit cards on time, never pay late or miss a payment.

Before Refinancing
Finally before you make the plunge and refinance ask for your credit report from three major reporting agencies.  Go over them and make sure everything is correct, if you notice any mistakes make sure you get it fixed and removed off your credit.  This can dramatically help your credit score, if there was an error on it.

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