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Questions tagged [refinance]

for questions that relate to refinancing of debt. A country tag should also be included when asking about refinancing.

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Is it possible to eliminate PMI (Personal/Private Mortgage Insurance) on a mortgage before reaching 20% down on principal?

I am a relatively new home owner, having purchased my first home in October 2009. Overall, I feel I got an excellent deal on the loan, which was 5% no-cost, no points, and 12% down. I had to take on ...
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What is the best way to determine if you should refinance a mortgage?

What is the best way to determine if you should refinance a mortgage? Is there a general rule of them as far as difference in interest rates? I know closing costs are also a factor. Is there a good ...
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What is the best way to get a “rough” home appraisal prior to starting the refinance process?

Given the tightening of regulations on appraisals in the home financing process, I would like to get an idea of the "rough" value of my home before initiating the refinance process. Since our ...
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How do we remove an ex-girlfriend from a car loan?

My son is currently in boot camp, and his ex-girlfriend is threatening to go to court because she wants her name off a car loan they got when together. She is the primary borrower, but my son is the ...
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Refinancing immediately after closing on a house purchase

I recently purchased a new home as a primary residence with a 4.375% 30 year fixed mortgage. I discovered, a little too late in the process, that I could find rates significantly lower elsewhere -- ...
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Does it make sense to refinance a 30 year mortgage to 15 years?

I have a fixed mortage of 260,000 at 4.5%. I could refinance this loan to 15 years at 3%. I also have a Heloc with an APR of 3.25%. On the Heloc I have a line of credit of 95,000 and available credit ...
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Why would refinancing my mortgage increase my PMI, even though rates are lower?

I'm currently stuck in a 5.5% loan on balance 167.5k. PMI is roughly $75/mo. I am trying to refinance, but my lender tells me that even going down to ~4% rates, it wouldn't be worth it because my PMI ...
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Take new loan to pay off old one, what would you do in this scenario?

This is my current loan. Loan Amount : £11,750 Total Interest : £6,422.40 Interest Rate : 21.2% per year Total : £18,172.40 Pay per month : £306.19 Term : 60 months (5 years) I'm 2 years into the ...
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Does re-financing an FHA-insured mortgage incur the UFMIP again?

I currently have a low-down payment FHA-insured mortgage. When I got the mortgage, I rolled the 2.25% up-front mortgage insurance premium into the loan. Rates have fallen, and I'm considering ...