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Why should I refinance and when does it pay to do so?


There are several reasons to refinance your home:

> To lower the interest rate on your mortgage and reducing your monthly payments;
> To reduce the term or length of your loan, doing so can save you thousands of dollars in interest; 
> To provide a means of consolidating your debt. 

All of these are excellent reasons to pursue refinancing, but several issues should be considered first.

Refinancing is similar to the process you encountered when you closed on your first mortgage. It requires an application, credit check, new survey and title search, as well as valuation and inspection fees. As you know, this process can be quite lengthy and expensive if banks doesn't absorb the cost. Do check around in our Malaysia Home Loans page for more information.

As a rule of thumb, it pays to refinance if you can get an interest rate at least 1 percentage points lower than what you are currently paying. However, every situation is different. Some banks are offering attractive package and some don't. Asking yourself a few questions may help you determine if you can save money:

  • How much can I lower my current monthly payment?

  • How long do I plan to stay in the house after I refinance?

  • How much will I pay in refinancing costs*?

Next, figure out what you still owe on the house, how much you're paying each month, and how much you initially paid for the house. Itemize all the expenses of the refinance and estimate your new monthly payments. With this, you can figure out where you break even and when you begin saving money.

* Most of the banks does offer zero moving cost (bank will bear the legal processing fees) for refinance if your loan is above $100,000. Do check around in Malaysia Home Loans page for more information.



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