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How to refinance your mortgage step-by-step

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When does it make sense to refinance your mortgage?

If you can shave at least 0.75% off your interest rate and plan to stay in your home for the long haul, consider refinancing your mortgage.

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How to get the best mortgage refinance rates

To score a great refinance rate on your mortgage, work on building your credit score, get multiple quotes, and consider shortening the term.

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The true cost of refinancing your home mortgage

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A mortgage refinance is when a homeowner replaces their current mortgage loan with a new loan that has a more favorable interest rate and/or term. Some homeowners borrow just enough to pay off their current loan; others borrow more than they owe so they can both repay their original loan and “cash out” some equity. In either case, the refinance loan is a new first mortgage that pays the old first mortgage in full.
A mortgage refinance is a new first mortgage, so you’ll pay many of the same closing costs you paid with your current mortgage loan. Those fees usually total between 2% and 6% of your loan amount, and they may include:
  • Loan application
  • Credit report
  • Survey, if the lender requires it
  • Appraisal, if the lender requires it
  • Loan origination
  • Loan underwriting
  • Mortgage points, if you’re prepaying interest
  • Mortgage insurance, if you’re refinancing more than 80% of the home’s value
  • Property tax and homeowners insurance escrow
  • Title search and title insurance
  • Recording with the county or other jurisdiction
You won’t necessarily pay all of these fees. For example, your lender might forgo a survey if you haven’t made improvements that could violate zoning rules since you took out your current mortgage loan.
An appraisal also might be unnecessary, especially if you’re refinancing the same type of loan and you’re not cashing out equity.
The specific qualifications you’ll need for a refinance depend on the lender, your current loan type, and the type of loan that you’re refinancing. Requirements for cash-out refinances are more strict than requirements for rate-and-term refinances.
Lenders consider the following when evaluating an application for a refinance loan:
  • Credit score and credit history: Depending on the loan type, the minimum credit score to refinance could be anywhere from 500 for some FHA loan refinances to over 700 to refinance a jumbo mortgage loan.
  • Debt-to-income ratio (DTI): The lender will ask you for tax returns, pay stubs, W-2 forms, and other documentation of your income. An ideal DTI is 36% or less.
  • Loan-to-value ratio: Whether by appraisal or other means, the lender will determine how much your home is worth so it knows the maximum you can borrow. Acceptable conventional loan-to-value ratios are 95% for a no-cash-out refinance and 80% for a cash-out refinance.
Some refinance loans also require that you or another borrower have lived in the home as your primary residence for some period of time, such as six or 12 months.
The minimum credit score needed to refinance your mortgage depends on the type of refinance loan and the lender. Some loan programs, including the VA, have low or no credit score requirements, but lenders usually establish their own.
Here are the scores you’ll typically need for common refinance loan types:
  • Conventional loan: 620
  • Jumbo loan: 700
  • FHA loan: 500
  • VA loan: 580 to 640, depending on lender
  • USDA loan: Up to 620 but credit review not always required
Refinance loans fall under two main categories:
  • Cash-out: If you have enough equity, you can borrow more than you need to pay off your existing loan and take the excess funds in cash at closing.
  • Rate-and-term: You replace your current mortgage loan with a new loan that has a more favorable interest rate and/or term.
Each type of refinance loan falls within one or both of these categories.

Conventional mortgage refinance loans

Conventional refinance loans have cash-out and rate-and-term options. These refi loans, which are backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, include special refinance programs for low- and moderate-income borrowers and those who lack the equity to qualify for a standard refinance loan. You can refinance from any type of mortgage loan to a conventional loan as long as you meet the requirements.

VA mortgage refinance loans

The VA guarantees two types of refinance loans for borrowers who already have a VA mortgage loan. In addition to a cash-out refinance, it offers a rate-and-term option called an interest rate reduction refinance loan, or IRRRL, also known as a streamline refinance loan.

FHA refinance loans

FHA refinances typically come in two forms: FHA-to-FHA refinance or conventional refinance, and you can opt for a cash-out, rate-and-term, or no-cash-out loan.
An FHA streamline rate-and-term refinance loan is available to current FHA borrowers. It offers an expedited underwriting process with no appraisal and allows the borrower to draw up to $500 in cash at closing. A simple refinance, which is also for current FHA borrowers only, is also a rate-and-term loan, but it requires an appraisal.

USDA refinance loans

USDA-guaranteed mortgage loans can be refinanced using streamlined or non-streamlined loans. The non-streamlined options allow you to borrow the full value of the home plus fees and closing costs. Streamlined loans allow you to roll closing costs and fees into your new loan, and in the case of a streamlined-assist loan, add a borrower.
USDA refinance loans are rate-and-term only.
Under the right circumstances, refinancing is a smart financial move. But it also has drawbacks you should consider.


  • A rate-and-term refinance can save you money on interest and/or make your payments more affordable.
  • Funds from a cash-out refinance can pay for home repairs and improvements or consolidate debt, which can help you grow wealth.
  • Interest you pay on your mortgage is tax deductible.


  • You’ll pay closing costs — or higher rates, in the case of a loan that claims to have no closing costs.
  • Depending on your closing costs, it could take years to break even on a refinance intended to reduce your interest rate.
  • Cashing out equity adds to your debt.
  • Extending the term of your loan can result in higher interest costs over the life of the loan.

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