Ten Tips About Mortgages and Refinancing in 2013
by Polyana da Costa
If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the best time to refinance or get a mortgage to buy a home, think of 2013 as your last chance to act.
With good credit, persistence and some shopping skills, you can still snag phenomenal deals this year — even if you are underwater on your loan.
Here are 10 mortgage tips to help you with your mortgage decisions in 2013.
Tip 1: Stop procrastinating and refinance
If you haven’t refinanced recently, you’re probably paying a higher interest rate on your mortgage than you should. Take advantage of today’s record-low mortgage rates while they last. Rates are expected to remain low during the first few months of the year, but they should gradually increase. When they do, many borrowers will regret having missed the opportunity to grab the lowest mortgage rate in history.
Tip 2: Buyers, get moving
With rates near the bottom and home prices on the rise, it’s still a perfect time to buy a house. If you can afford a home and qualify for a mortgage, this may be your last chance to take advantage of the market and own a home for less. To speed up the homebuying process, get a mortgage preapproval before you start shopping.continue reading »