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With interest rates still near all time lows, you may be thinking about refinancing your existing mortgage into a new one. As a homeowner, there are good reasons to consider this option: to get a lower interest rate, to drop private mortgage insurance, or to pull cash from your home’s equity to consolidate debt or make home improvements. The short answer, of course, is to have more money each month for groceries, car payments, and the orthodontic bill. "You may have the potential to save hundreds of dollars on your monthly payments by refinancing," said Bryan Maddex, a loan officer with our Amerifirst Charlotte, N.C., branch. "While it's not right for everyone, it doesn't cost you anything to talk to a loan officer who can review your current mortgage and let you know your options."
You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house. Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.
Refinancing your home can help several situations. I remember growing up and my parents refinanced our house to pay off their cars and do a little work around the house. Of course that was before homes values plummeted and equity became a thing of the past. Now homeowners are much more restricted on home equity lines of credit. In fact, if you want to finance home improvements you're probably going to need to research a different option. It's called the 203k and it's from FHA.
Make Your Current Home Your Dream Home Imagine buying your first home and watching your family outgrow it. You've made a lot of memories here and the thought of leaving makes you sad. Could there be a way for you to stay? There is and it's called the FHA 203(k) home improvement loan. With this loan you can refinance your current mortgage and get the extra funds you need to pay for repairs, upgrades and renovations all in one home loan. You can add bedrooms or bathrooms, expand a kitchen or dining room or even add a second story to the home.
Homeowners looking to remodel have a few options for financing the work. Most of the options, though, are more difficult to get in the current housing market. Home equity loans are rare because few homeowners have enough (if any) equity to pay for anything more than an estimate on the home improvements. But there is one financing option out there for home improvements. It's the 203k renovation loan from FHA.