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Refinance and get cash from your home

  • Pay down higher-interest debt
  • Make home improvements
  • Pay for education
  • Pay for major expenses

Find out how a cash out refinance can help.

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How to get a cash out refinance: A comprehensive guide

We've put lots of information about cash out refinancing in one place. Below you can learn more about this type of refinance and whether it makes sense for you.

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A cash out refinance helps you get cash from the equity in your home. You replace your current home loan with a new mortgage that has a higher amount, and you get the difference in cash at closing.

For example, say a homeowner has a mortgage with a loan balance of $150,000. A cash out refinance would enable them to pay off their current mortgage and replace it with a new mortgage with a loan balance of $170,000. This person would get $20,000 cash at closing, which is why this type of refinancing is called "cash out."

Homeowners may use the money to pay down high interest debts, pay for college educations, or pay for home improvements. Cash out refinances have benefits and costs, and usually require you to complete a new application and provide a new set of income and financial documents.

The biggest advantage of a cash out refinance is that it gives homeowners the money to make important investments. Some people use the money from a cash out refinance to pay for college or professional educations. They can also use the cash to pay for major home improvements that may increase the house's value.

Consolidating debt and paying down high interest loans like credit card debt are two more reasons people think about a cash out refinance. The interest rate on a mortgage can be lower than rates on other types of loans. When the interest rate on a new mortgage is significantly lower than the rate you are currently paying on other debt, it may make sense to use the money from a cash out refinance to pay down your other loans and save on interest payments.

When you have a lot of home equity, a cash out refinance might give you access to a substantial amount of money. Cash out refinances can have competitive interest rates compared to many kinds of unsecured loans. Because new mortgages often have terms between 15 and 30 years, cash out refinances can give you a long time to pay the loan back.

Keep in mind that you will increase the amount of money you owe on your mortgage with a cash out refinance. This means you may pay more money in interest over the life of your new loan than you would have paid if you had kept your old mortgage. A cash out refinance may also increase the number of years you are paying back the loan, which can also increase the amount of money you pay in interest. You will probably pay a new set of closing costs. And look at whether you might have to pay mortgage insurance if your loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is too high. Compare the benefits and costs of a refinance before you make your decision!

A cash out refinance requires getting a new mortgage. You will need to complete a new application and provide income and financial documents. An appraisal of your home's current market value may be required. Lenders typically consider information like your credit score, debts and expenses, and employment before they decide to offer you a loan.

Lenders will look at your loan-to-value ratio (or "LTV") during the refinance process. Loan-to-value ratio is the percentage you get when your divide your mortgage amount by the value of your home. For example, if your home is currently worth $250,000 and the amount you owe on your mortgage is $150,000 then your LTV is 60%. (That is $150,000 ÷ $250,000 = 0.6 or "60%.")

Most lenders have guidelines for their maximum loan-to-value ratios and different kinds of loans can have different maximum loan-to-value ratios too. This is important to understand because a cash out refinance will probably increase your LTV.

Let's say a lender uses 80% as their maximum loan-to-value ratio. That means if your home is currently worth $250,000, this lender might offer you a cash out refinance with a new loan balance no higher than $200,000. (That is $200,000 ÷ $250,000 = 0.8 or "80%.")

Freedom Mortgage offers cash out refinances with three different kinds of loans. Veterans and active duty military personnel who qualify might consider VA loans for their cash out refinance, because mortgage insurance is not required and the maximum loan-to-value ratio is 100%.

We also offer FHA and conventional cash out refinances. FHA loans come with a maximum LTV of 80% and will require mortgage insurance premiums. Conventional loans have a maximum LTV of 80% and may require mortgage insurance depending on the amount of home equity.

Another kind of refinance is a rate and term refinance. With this type of loan, you don't take cash out of your home equity. Instead you refinance to get a better interest rate or improve the terms of your mortgage.

When interest rates are falling, some people think about refinancing to lower their monthly mortgage bill or save money on interest payments. People refinance to shorten the life of their loan (which is also referred to as "term"). Loans with a 15-year term can have lower interest rates than loans with a 30-year term, which might save you money on interest payments. 15-year mortgages can have higher monthly payments than 30-year mortgages since you're paying it back in half the time. By refinancing, the total finance charges you pay may be higher over the life of the loan.

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How much money can you get from a cash out refinance

Loan-to-value ratios also affect how much money you might be able to get from a cash out refinance. Using the example above, the maximum amount of cash you might be able to borrow is $50,000. Here’s how the math works:

 

Home Value $250,000
Current mortgage balance $150,000
Sample maximum LTV 0.8 or "80%"
Maximum new mortgage balance $200,000
($250,000 x 0.8)
Maximum cash available $50,000
($200,000 - $150,00)

 

Remember that cash out refinances usually come with new closing costs. If you add these closing costs to your loan balance, they will reduce the maximum amount of cash you can take out of the new mortgage.

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Loan options for you

Compare the various loan types to find a mortgage that is best for your needs.

House icon with a treeConventional
CASH OUT REFINANCE
House icon with a flagVA
CASH OUT REFINANCE
House icon FHA
CASH OUT REFINANCE
Appraisal needed Yes Appraisal needed Yes Appraisal needed Yes
Income verification Yes Income verification Yes Income verification Yes
Credit requirements Yes Credit requirements Yes Credit requirements Yes
Mortgage insurance No, if 20% equity Mortgage insurance No, regardless of equity Mortgage insurance Yes
Loan limits Yes Loan limits Yes Loan limits Yes
Maximum loan-to-value 80% Maximum loan-to-value 100% Maximum loan-to-value 80%
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Talk to Freedom Mortgage about a cash out refinance

Freedom Mortgage Loan Advisors are happy to answer your refinancing questions. Let us help see if you qualify today. Get Started or call us at 877-220-5533.

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Cash out refinance process

Once you're ready to tap into your home's equity, we are here to help and guide you through each step of the mortgage refinance process. Follow these simple steps to get you access to your money.

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When you’re a Freedom Mortgage customer, we’ll activate our Eagle Eye pledge to keep an eye out for ways to put more money in your pocket. If we see that the value of your home has increased and we can help give you access to more cash, we’ll contact you about our cash out refinance program. Get cash to pay down bills, consolidate debt or make home improvements. We can give you the freedom to focus on your home and your life, while we keep an eye on your mortgage.

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