What it looks like
- To refinance, you’ll need to go through all the steps of your first mortgage, from checking your credit score to compiling financial documents, appraisal, underwriting, and closing the loan.
- While you can just call up the lender for your current mortgage and ask what they have to offer, it’s a good idea to shop around for various options. One method is to start with your local bank and then expand to national lenders.
- If you’re refinancing to a lower rate, try to lock it in so you don’t lose the rate before closing on the loan.
- When you’re looking at the terms of your new loan, confirm that there are no prepayment penalties. You want the right to pay off your loan early. Tip: Penalties are often indicated with a tiny checkbox that’s easy to miss.
- If something doesn’t sit right with you, keep in mind that federal law gives you three days after closing to cancel the deal.