If you are in the process of refinancing your mortgage loan, your new mortgage lender may require an appraisal prior to approving your loan. Here is what you need to know about appraisals, including tips to help maximize the equity in your home.
Your home’s appraisal is a written estimate of the market value of your property. Mortgage lenders use the appraisal to determine how much of a mortgage you qualify for. When you are refinancing your mortgage, the appraisal will also determine how much equity you own in your home. If you will be borrowing against this equity, the lender will most likely require that you pay for a new appraisal prior to approving your loan.
The appraiser is a licensed professional that will do a market analysis of sale prices for similar properties in your neighborhood and evaluate the condition and amenities of your home. The appraisal will require a thorough inspection of your home inside and out.
When you are refinancing your mortgage your goal is for the appraised value to be as high as possible. There are a number of improvements you can make to your home that will improve the appraised value of your home; however, don’t go overboard. New carpet and a coat of paint will go a long way to improve the appraised value. What you don’t want to do is purchase top of the line appliances; these purchases rarely give you enough of a boost in your home’s value to justify the expense. The best thing to do is make sure your home is up to snuff with your neighbors as far as the amenities and add-ons you invest in to improve your home’s value.
When searching for a home appraiser, look for an experienced professional licensed in your area. Your realtor may be able to recommend a good one; if you are not able to find a recommendation try contacting the Appraisal Subcommittee. The ASC maintains a database you can access on their website to help you locate a licensed appraiser in your area. You can learn more about your mortgage and the appraisal of your home by registering for a free mortgage guidebook.
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Right now, many homeowners are considering refinancing their mortgage. The one thing that all homeowners want when refinancing is a low interest rate. Right now, interest rates are near all time lows, but I think that will change. Here are my mortgage refinance rate predictions for 2010.
Throughout 2009, mortgage interest rates have been very low. This was due to a few factors. The housing market was in a downward spiral, and need help. Many homeowners got into ARM (Adjustable rate mortgages) which they need help with. Also, new Government programs are out which can help millions of homeowners. This has led to an all time high number of foreclosures. This is why interest rates remained low throughout 2009.
While the rates are as low as they are, many homeowners can take advantage and refinance their home loan. This can result in huge savings in monthly payments and even more over the course of the loan. Also, this may be the only way a homeowner can get an affordable home loan, and save their home from foreclosure.
Right now a typical interest rate for a fixed mortgage refinance is around 5.19%. This is dramatically lower than interest rates were just 5 years ago. This has led to many people getting a refinance for their home loan. However, I do not think the rates will remain the same in 2010 for homeowners looking into refinancing.
I think that in 2010, mortgage refinance rates will go up. While not dramatically, especially at first, homeowners will definitely notice, and some may not be able to benefit from a refinance after the rates increase. I think that around April 2010, interest rates will rise about.5%. While not a huge increase, it is a lot in the long run of a home loan. Also, I think rates will increase again, by as much as an additional.5%, closer to August 2010. This would bring the total mortgage refinance rate to as high as 6.19% by September 2010. That is a 1% increase from the current rates.
I think that this will happen due to increased activity in the housing market, and small improvements in the overall economy. The better things get, the higher interest rates will go. I also think that the housing market has bottomed out, and recovery will start soon. This will cause a boon in the housing market, and restore homes market values. As a result, interest rates will rise, and homeowners will pay thousands more over the course of a home loan.