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How To Consolidate Your Debts With A Remortgage
If you have begun to feel financial problems caused by debt, and you own a home, then you may have a good way to eliminate those debt problems. A remortgage could be just what you need to provide a way out and reduce your monthly bills at the same time. Here is how you can go about getting a remortgage for debt consolidation.
Before you think about remortgaging, though, you need to think about whether or not you plan on living there for at least seven more years. Remortgaging has fees and costs just like your first mortgage, and will take up to three years to pay off these costs.
Check Your Credit Rating
You should know that the best time to think about a remortgage is before your debts start being reflected on your credit score. You can get a free credit report from the three major credit bureaus each year. Once you get it, you can look it over and make sure that all statements it contains are accurate and up to date. Be sure to correct all incorrect information through the credit bureau before you apply for a remortgage. This is because your new interest rate will largely be based on your credit score.
Watch The Interest Rates
This will help you to know when the right time comes to remortgage. You want to wait until you can get at least 1% lower than your present interest rate. If it is close, but you feel the market may not go any lower, you may be able to buy points for an even lower rate.
Remortgage For A Shorter Term if Possible
Even if you are doing this for the purpose of debt consolidation, you will want to try and keep the length of the remortgage as short as possible. The shorter the time period, the less you will need to pay in the long run. This will reduce your overall indebtedness through the years and allow you to be mortgage free quicker. In fact, if you can, try to reduce it about 5 years less than the remaining time on your present mortgage. This will enable you to save possibly tens of thousands of dollars in interest.
Get Access To Your Equity
If you have lived in your house for a number of years, then you have built up some equity. This can be obtained when you remortgage. Although you could get much more, you should not remortgage for more than 80% of the value of your house, or you will be required to get Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
You can do what you want with your equity. This is the money that you take and consolidate your bills with. It has much lower interest than a personal loan, which is why it is a good alternative. It also has a much lower interest rate than a credit card, too, and gives you a long time to pay it back.
Put Some Equity Back Into Your House
It is also a good idea to take some of your equity and add it back into your home by remodeling or making an addition. This increases the equity in your home even more - and it is tax deductible, too.
Before you sign on any remortgage deal, be sure to get several quotes. Then look them over carefully, and choose the best one. Make sure you understand any terms, and avoid remortgages with early payoff penalties.