Refinancing Home Loans

Refinancing Home Loans

Home loans are a type of borrowing agreement that takes place between a property buyer and a bank. In exchange for the bank lending their money to the borrower; the latter party agrees to repay what they’ve received, with interest. But there are times when a particular home loan might not be as beneficial as it once was; especially if the fixed rate term has come to an end, or if the repayments have skyrocketed as a result of variable rates.

In these cases, many borrowers consider refinancing home loans to ensure that they continue to receive a fair deal on what they pay back. Refinance options are often available to those with mortgages and it’s even possible to switch banks.

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How does refinancing work?

In order to refinance, an individual must have a loan that they are currently repaying. Generally speaking, the term refers to the option for a borrower to reconsider their options as far as their repayments are concerned. What this means is that they will be able to weigh up their options, evaluate the market’s current interest rates and then decide on a better deal if one is available.

Say for example that a borrower was repaying 3.99% in interest each month for their home loan. This percentage can be prone to fluctuation with variable rates and in these cases it’s not uncommon for the interest to increase. If rates increase, then a borrower might not want to continue paying the increased amount each month – and this is where refinancing comes in handy.

By doing so, a new repayment plan can be obtained from a bank, whereby the borrower pays back a lesser amount. But it’s not just lower monthly repayments that can be helped either; there’s also the option to consolidate other types of loans as well, merging their repayments into one total and minimising the additional interest that the extra loans might have accrued.

How does this work exactly?

If you have a credit card debt, a debt from tax, or a vehicle loan – the chances are that you will be repaying each of them at a pace that has been agreed upon by you and your lender. Each debt will carry its own rate of interest and over time, this can result in thousands of dollars being spent. Instead of paying what’s owed individually, a refinancing option can help by consolidating all of these debts into one package – allowing the borrower to eliminate the additional interest.

And this is what makes refinance so popular amongst new home buyers. Once they are approved for their home loan they will be able to consider consolidating their debts and combining all of them into one repayment plan – often saving money and stress in the process.


You can find out how much you can borrow when refinancing by checking out Uno's online calculator.