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Thinking About Refinancing?

Your go-to resource for refinancing your current home

When it comes to refinancing, it can often be hard to figure out the best place to start.

We will give you everything you need to know about refinancing your current home, so you know what to expect every step of the way.

Pro Tip: A Homeownership Strategy Meeting is completely free through Churchill Mortgage!

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Refinancing 101

Since there is so much to think about when you refinance, it is crucial that the process is as easy as possible without being completely automated and impersonal. We want to help you avoid common refinancing pitfalls that many homeowners experience.

What Does it Mean to Refinance a Mortgage?

Refinancing is the process of getting a new mortgage so you can lower your interest rate, reduce monthlypayments, remove mortgage insurance, or change your loan term or loan type.

Why Should I Refinance?

The number one reason people refinance is to lock in a lower interest rate. Why? This can potentially save you hundreds to thousands off your total mortgage payment.

You may not realize there are other great reasons to refinance:

Remove Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

If your original down payment was less than 20%, you are probably paying PMI. Your home could now have enough equity to refinance and remove it.

Change Your Loan Term

You may want to adjust your term (i.e. 30-year to a 15-year loan) to save money on interest and build wealth. This is a great option if you are interested in debt-free homeownership.

Switch Your Loan Type

Maybe you didn’t qualify for a specific loan program when you first purchased your home, but now you do. If you currently have an FHA or ARM loan, it may be worth looking at conventional, fixed-rate mortgage options.

Lower Your Monthly Payment

A lower monthly payment is typically achieved by refinancing into a lower interest rate, or a longer loan term. Refinancing this way can affect the amount of interest you pay, so it’s important to consider the total cost when refinancing.

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Reduce Total Interest Paid

With a lower interest rate, and by shortening the term of the loan (and making fewer total payments), you can reduce the overall amount of interest you'll pay over the life of the loan.

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It is important to see if you can benefit from any of these refinancing reasons so you can align your mortgage with your financial goals. Reach out if you need help with the next step.

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Refinancing can be a vital step in paying off your loan early and becoming debt-free. Whether you’re looking to convert to a fixed-rate mortgage or lower your loan term, we’ll help you find the home loan you need.

By submitting this form, I/we agree to your Privacy Policy Terms of Use and authorize Churchill Mortgage Corporation and/or their Preferred Provider for our area and/or The Churchill Agency to receive the above information to assist in obtaining a home loan.

I/we also authorize Churchill Mortgage Corporation, The Churchill Agency and/or their Preferred Provider for our area to contact us regarding but not limited to mortgage and insurance services and products via telephone, mobile phone (including through automated dialing), and/or email, even if telephone numbers or email I/we provide are on any Do Not Call/Contact Registry, such as corporate, state, or the National Do Not Call Registry. The submission of this form does not constitute in any way a formal loan application or a commitment for a loan. By communicating with us by phone, you consent to calls being recorded and monitored. By participating, you consent to receive text messages sent by an automatic telephone dialing system. Consent to these terms is not a condition of purchase.

 

How It Works

The most important part of understanding the mortgage process is finding a lender who understands you and your home loan goals (like saving time and money). Here is a quick and easy view of the refinancing process:

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Complete Your Application

First, you submit your mortgage application. This lays the groundwork for your Home Loan Specialist to be able to give you accurate interest rate quotes and down payment options.

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Time for Processing

After your application is completed, you’ll start getting your home inspection and appraisal under wraps. This is when you’ll be asked for any additional documentation to close your loan, if you haven’t already provided it.

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Underwriting Takes Over

Your new home loan will go through underwriting. This just verifies all conditions on your loan are approved and then you will be issued a “clear to close.”

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Closing on Your New Home (again)

The underwriter will issue your final approval, process your closing paperwork, and schedule your closing date and time. On your official closing day, you will have a lot of documents to sign. Your old loan will be paid off, and your new mortgage will be funded.

 

Lowering Your Rate Could Save You Thousands

Because the interest rate on your home loan is directly tied to how much you pay on your overall mortgage, lower rates usually mean lower monthly payments.

Check out this example of monthly payments (principal and interest) on a 15-year fixed-rate loan of $250,000 at 5.5% and 4.0%.

Total Interest at 5.5% = $117,687
Total Interest at 4% = $82,860

With a 1.5% difference in interest rate, there is a $34,827 difference in interest paid! Imagine what you could do with that in your pocket!

With so much of your hard-earned money on the line, it’s best to seek advice from a trusted home loan expert and have the confidence that you are in qualified hands.

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With so much of your hard-earned money on the line, it’s best to seek advice from a trusted home loan expert and have the confidence that you are in qualified hands.

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By submitting this form, I/we agree to your Privacy Policy Terms of Use and authorize Churchill Mortgage Corporation and/or their Preferred Provider for our area and/or The Churchill Agency to receive the above information to assist in obtaining a home loan.

I/we also authorize Churchill Mortgage Corporation, The Churchill Agency and/or their Preferred Provider for our area to contact us regarding but not limited to mortgage and insurance services and products via telephone, mobile phone (including through automated dialing), and/or email, even if telephone numbers or email I/we provide are on any Do Not Call/Contact Registry, such as corporate, state, or the National Do Not Call Registry. The submission of this form does not constitute in any way a formal loan application or a commitment for a loan. By communicating with us by phone, you consent to calls being recorded and monitored. By participating, you consent to receive text messages sent by an automatic telephone dialing system. Consent to these terms is not a condition of purchase.