The holiday season is quickly approaching. Although it is deemed the best time of the year, it can also be the most stressful season when it comes to finances. Whether it be holiday décor, Christmas gifts, or travel plans the end of the year can involve a lot of expenses. Throw in the fact that we are in a pandemic and people’s budgets may be tighter than ever.
According to an online survey by the Ascent
in 2019 it was reported that the average consumer who bought Christmas gifts spent over $925 and that 21.5% of Americans surveyed went into debt from Christmas. Whether it be through personal loans, maxing out credit card limits, or opening new store cards many Americans do whatever it takes to pay for their holiday. But why put yourself into a debt right at the beginning of a new year, when you could find a better way to get some extra funds this December?
A lot of people don’t know that a cash out refinance can be more beneficial than taking out a personal loan or maxing out credit cards. We want to help you by exploring the potential advantages of a cash out refinance on your home.
A cash out refinance allows you to pay off your existing mortgage and begin a new loan, just like a traditional refinance. But instead of refinancing for what you currently owe on your mortgage, you refinance for a higher loan amount. You then get the extra amount in the form of a lump-sum payment after your loan closes.
Another bonus of a cash out refinance is if interest rates have dropped since you took out your original loan, a cash out refinance could also lower your rate at the same time.
Like a recent borrower we worked with who worked for a company that had been hit hard by COVID19. His hours were cut at work, simultaneously lowering the family’s monthly income. They reached out to see if there was a refinance option that could help them lower their mortgage payment to save money monthly.
After running the numbers, we decided to move forward with a cash out refinance. We were able to drop their interest rate from 3.75% to 2.75%, saving them $200 a month. However, the best part is that not only did we refinance them to a lower rate and monthly payment ultimately saving them thousands over the life of their mortgage, but they were able to skip 2 months of payments and use that money in other areas of their life, like to check a few more people off their Christmas list.
The borrowers were getting by despite their income drop due to COVID, but skipping the two mortgage payments and lowering their monthly payment by $200 is really going to help them out long term and allow them to put together a terrific holiday this year!
If you are not sure if a cash out refinance is right for you, reach out! ALV Mortgage can help you explore your options and see what would be best for your individual situation.