Nowadays, while interest rates are low, many individuals contemplate refinancing their mortgage. But with refinancing comes costs. Some homeowners are considered “refinance junkies” and continually jump from one low interest rate to the next, but these individuals may not factor refinancing costs into the total benefit associated with a lower interest rate.
There are several different goals when refinancing a mortgage. A majority of homeowners seek to reduce their interest expense, but there are others who appreciate the ability to extend the term of the mortgage, effectively reducing their periodic payment. On the other hand, individuals may seek to lower their loan repayment period if they are in a position to afford a higher periodic payment. Another goal might be to consolidate debt. If you have an initial mortgage as well as a home equity loan, combining the two mortgages into one may level out the payments and simplify the repayment process.