Refinancing the Responsible Way. Ways to avoid Predatory Lending Companies.
Many homeowners who are interested in refinancing are certainly aware of the dangers relating to predatory lending companies. But how easy is it to recognize one and how do you go about making sure that the refinancing decision you go for is the right one?
What predatory lending means is that the lender will influence you to refinance your home in such a way that is not in your best financial interest? Many homeowners often find that they become blinded by the short term benefits being offered by such companies and lose sight of what their actual long term goals are.
Certainly the major mistake that should be avoided at all costs when taking out a refinance loan on your home is to reduce the equity in your home too much. Many people have worked hard to build up the equity on their homes and cash out refinancing can on many occasions cancel out what equity that they have and therefore making their home almost worthless, until such time as they can increase the equity they have in the property again.
But what must be remembered is that equity allows you to borrow against your home and therefore by reducing the equity that you have on your home through refinancing is not always the wrong decision. Say you decided to use refinancing to consolidate a number of other debts that you have then this decision may well help to strengthen your financial situation in the future.
A cash out refinancing loan allows you to take cash out when the loan is closing and whilst this can be seen as an investment if the cash is being used for say home improvements, it is certainly not detrimental if the person taking out the loan decides to use the money for another purpose, say purchasing a new car. Unfortunately by doing this the homeowner is not only taking away some of the equity that they have on their property which will over time increase in value, but they have brought something that will begin to lose value immediately.
Many predatory lending companies will take advantage of the fact that many homeowners have difficulty focusing on their long term financial goals and certainly if you are considering a cash out refinancing loan, then ask yourself if the plans for that cash will help you to achieve the long term goals that you are aiming for.
Also when refinancing there is the decision on whether to go for a Fixed Rate Mortgage (FRM) or Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) which will provide you with low interest rates that in the future the person taking out the loan may regret. Although the low rate interest rate loan may look attractive to you now, but an adjustable rate mortgage is just that adjustable. Although lower monthly payments may seem the ideal way for saving money, but in the long term you may find your self paying more on this new loan than you would have done if you stayed with the old one.
But certainly refinancing from an ARM to an FRM is normally the wisest decision anyone can make, even if you find that the fixed rate is slightly higher than the rate you are already paying. The whole idea of refinancing using a Fixed Rate Mortgage is that you will be locking yourself into an interest rate that you will find comfortable and easy to pay in the future.
The whole idea of refinancing to the same kind of loan that you have as to your current mortgage, just with a lower interest rate is a decision that you will probably not regret in the future. What you must be sure of is that you intend to stay in your home for a long enough period for the savings in interest will cover the cost of the refinancing.
In the USA there is an important safeguard which has been set up against predatory lending and this is the Federal Truth in Lending Act. This guarantees those people who refinance against their primary residence a 3 day grace period in which to back out of the agreement after the refinancing has closed, so long as they have refinanced with a lender who is different from the one that currently holds the mortgage on their property. This is called the “Right of Rescission” and you may find that very few borrowers will take advantage of this option. Yet knowing that you have this right to back out if you wish from what you consider is a bad deal, will help to make the decision of refinancing a little less stressful for you.
About the Author: Allison Thompson an expert author after becoming a work from home mum who runs a small real estate company in Spain. Due to her involvement in the property market she has carried out extensive research relating to all financial matters. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.centrallendingservices.com.