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Mortgage refinancing allows borrowers to pay off an existing loan and replace it with a new one. This process can help homeowners improve their financial situation by getting a lower interest rate, accessing home equity, consolidating debt or changing their terms.

What is a mortgage refinance?

A mortgage refinance, or refi, acts as a brand new home loan that is used to pay off an existing one. While it may seem counterproductive to take out a new loan when a borrower has already been paying off another one, refinancing can offer a number of advantages that make it worthwhile.

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What are the benefits of a mortgage refinance?

The most common reason borrowers refinance their mortgages is to take advantage of low mortgage rates. If a homeowner is paying higher interest rates on a loan, refinancing when mortgage rates decrease will allow them to both lower their monthly payments and save on the amount of money required throughout the lifespan of the loan.

Another advantage to refinancing is accessing a property's equity. Borrowers can access up to 80 percent of their home's value, using the money for everything from home improvement to education costs. This can come in the form of either a home equity loan or home equity line of credit, also known as a HELOC. These types of loans often feature lower rates than traditional loans, resulting in further savings for homeowners.

Consolidating debt is also an option for homeowners looking to refinance. By consolidating debt from other sources, such as credit cards and car loans, into a mortgage, borrowers can take advantage of low interest rates and simplify their payment strategy at the same time.

Refinancing also offers borrowers the chance to shorten or extend their loan terms. Shortening a mortgage's term can help homeowners build equity in a property at a faster rate, while lengthening terms can result in lower monthly payments.

Additionally, borrowers can decide to utilize either an adjustable-rate mortgage or a fixed-rate mortgage, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What are the disadvantages of a mortgage refinance?

While refinancing a mortgage can save a large amount of money, it can also cost money.

Some mortgages may feature a prepayment penalty that will result in fees for breaking its terms. This fee can be a significant amount, making it important for borrowers to find out if they will face a prepayment charge, and if so, how much. The whole point of refinancing is to improve a borrower's financial decision, so if a prepayment charge will result in financial stress that will not be improved through a refinance, it may be wiser to stay with the current mortgage.

In addition, costs associated with closing a loan will apply to a refinance.

Our brokers will help you determine if breaking your mortgage to refinance and paying an early payout penalty will save you money in the long term. If so, the prepayment penalties can be absorbed into the new mortgage loan, leaving you without any out-of-pocket expenses to pay.

How do I get one?

Borrowers should ensure that refinancing makes financial sense in the long run. They can do this by using our Mortgage Refinancing and Equity Calculator. This tool will allow homeowners to estimate a prepayment charge, find out how refinancing will affect interest and determine if debt consolidation will help their finances.

Next, borrowers should contact Canequity to speak with a mortgage professional who can help them decide if a mortgage refinance suits their needs. Keep in mind that the minimum loan amount must be $100,000, with a minimum of 20 percent equity and a maximum amortization of 25 years. The property must also be located on Canadian soil.

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