The home buying experience can be an overwhelming experience that can be exhilarating, fun, stressful and exhausting. The process of securing a mortgage, successfully bidding on a home and completing the transaction can be lengthy, complex and involve seemingly endless professionals. Those professionals may include a buyer’s agent, a loan officer, a home inspector, title […]
Time To Spring Clean: Tips For Saving More
Saving money wherever and whenever we can is a financial goal many, if not all of us, have. From groceries to great deals on entertainment or clothes, we are always on the lookout.
You should also be on the lookout for saving when it comes to your home and mortgage.
Yes! There are many steps you can take to save money on your mortgage. With the right timing and knowledge, you can save throughout the year and get the most bang for your buck.
Refinance Your Mortgage
Refinancing your mortgage is a strategy to save money by taking advantage of current rates to pay less interest over the life of the loan. In other words, you are replacing your current mortgage for a new one.
There are several types of refinancing, two of which are cash-out and streamline. Cash-out is an alternative to a home equity loan, where you refinance your mortgage for more than what you owe, then pocket the difference to be used at your own discretion.
A streamline refinance speeds up the home refinancing process with less paperwork and underwriting, no appraisal of the home is needed, and there are lower closing costs and fees. If your home is underwater, streamline refinancing may be your only option to refinance.
While you can often refinance whenever you like, it must make financial sense to do so. You must be able to afford closing costs and other fees and know when refinancing will save you the most money. If you have not built up enough equity in the home, you will not be able to refinance.
Take Advantage Of Tax Refunds
When you continue to make payments on your mortgage, you will be able to claim those payments on your federal taxes and get a refund. The same can be said of other debt payments like student loans.
This is why many homeowners continue to pay monthly payments on their mortgage rather than paying it off early. Not only do they want to take advantage of these refunds, but some mortgages have prepayment penalties.
Prepayment penalties are an agreement that regulates how much a borrower is allowed to pay off and when. If you pay off your mortgage early, you will be subject to a fee. So before you decide to pay your mortgage early, consider all the pros and cons.
Save On Insurance By Bundling
You can often bundle home and car insurance to save money, rather than purchasing each separately. Homeowners insurance protects you and your home from many natural disasters, damages, and liability if someone were to get hurt on your property.
When purchasing a home, you have the right to search for an insurance company that fits your needs.
Find The Right Home Loan
At SmartMortgage, our agents are committed to bringing you the best information and guiding you through the loan application process. We are here to answer your questions and make finding and purchasing a home as stress-free as possible.