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If mortgage rates are going down and your home has gone up in value, refinancing your mortgage may be the way to go. In order to qualify for refinancing in Edmonton, you need to own your home.

Sometimes, clients get renewing and refinancing their mortgages mixed up. What is the difference between renewing a mortgage and refinancing a mortgage? Well, when your mortgage is up for renewal, you aren’t looking for new monies per se you are just renewing your term that is up on your mortgage. For more information on renewals, click here.

Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

Beyond potentially getting a lower interest rate on your mortgage, there are many reasons to refinance your mortgage. These are just a few reasons people refinance their homes:

  • Pay down debt such as credit cards, lines of credit, and loans
  • Decrease your mortgage rate. This means you will pay the penalty and add that to your current mortgage balance and renegotiate a lower interest rate. This sometimes can be advantageous if the penalty isn’t very high and the new mortgage rate offered is a fairly good discount from what their current mortgage rate is. For example, John has a current interest rate of 3.49% and his penalty is $2,500 and he can get a new rate of 2.10% so for John he saves more interest by taking the new rate now than his penalty, so he is effectively saving money.
  • Purchase investments such as RRSPs, stocks, raw land, a down payment for a condo for the kids going to university, a rental property or renovations on your home.

Some Considerations When Refinancing

There are some rule changes when it comes to refinance, so let’s review them now.

In mortgage refinancing, you are either paying off your existing mortgage to take out a new one with a different lender, or you’re renegotiating the terms and amount of your current mortgage. If rates have gone down, you may be able to save money through refinancing your mortgage, but you’ll want to measure your savings against premiums and fees involved in the process.

You can access 80% of the value of your home for a refinance, unless you get a second mortgage. A second mortgage usually comes with some sort of lender fee, meaning you will pay a lot more interest.

How to Refinance Your Home – An Example

Judy has a home valued at $400,000. She currently owes a $200,000 mortgage on the home, and she has a credit card at 19% with a balance of $20,000. She also has a line of credit that the bank just increased the rate to 15% and the balance is $10,000. Judy wants to refinance and payout her credit card and her line of credit. She is going to refinance her home and take a mortgage of $230,000. Now, with the refinance rule she can access 80% of the value of her home, which is $320,000. This means that Judy can request the mortgage of $230,000. 

There are banks that typically will offer an incentive to come to their bank. This often means they will cover your appraisal fee, as well as the transfer fees to re-register your mortgage. Sometimes it is easier to just top up your existing mortgage with your existing lender. This is where it is great to have a mortgage associate to help you sort all these options out and help you decide what is best for your situation. 

Time to Apply for Mortgage Refinance in Edmonton

Refinancing your mortgage is a great financial move when it reduces your mortgage payment, helps you build equity or shortens the term of your loan. This can allow you to get your debt under control. If you’re living in your forever home and want to reduce your mortgage payment, it just might be the perfect time to apply for mortgage refinance in Edmonton.

Talking to a mortgage broker will help you decide if it’s the right time for you and your family. Click here to apply for a refinance today.


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#6 4428 50th Ave.

Bonnyville, AB  T9N 1B6


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