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Refinancing

There are two primary reasons to refinance a mortgage: to get more desirable rate and terms, or to extract cash from the home's equity.

Rate-and-term refinancing

Rate-and-term refinancing pays off one loan with the proceeds from the new loan, using the same property as collateral. This type of loan allows you to take advantage of lower interest rates or shorten the term of your mortgage to build equity faster.

Rate-and-term refinancing refers to myriad strategies, including switching from an ARM to a fixed or vice versa. For example, if you have an ARM that is set to adjust upward in a few months, you can refinance into a fixed-rate mortgage. Or if you have a fixed-rate loan and you know you'll move in two or three years, you could refinance into a lower-rate 3/1 hybrid ARM.

Cash-out refinancing

Cash-out refinancing leaves you with additional cash above the amount needed to pay off your existing mortgage, closing costs, points and any mortgage liens. You may use the additional cash for any purpose.

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