Sunday, May 06, 2007

Refinancing Your Mortgage With Bad Credit

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Refinancing has become extremely popular over the last few years mainly due to the historical low interest rates available. While today’s interests rate are a drop higher than its historical lows, it makes a lot of sense to refinance your existing home mortgage in order to save money on interest, or to take out a home equity loan on the rising value of your home. Here are some tips.

If you have bad credit, believe it or not refinancing your current mortgage can help. Most people fall into the rut of bad credit because their interest payments are too high and because they have too many credit cards with revolving debt.

By refinancing your current mortgage, you can not only get a lower monthly payment, but if you have built up any value in your property you can in many situations also take out a home equity loan which is a loan based upon your home’s worth. With a home equity loan, your home is used as collateral so lenders are much more secure and open to giving a person a loan because it is far less risky than an unsecured loan.

If you have bad credit you can refinance your home mortgage and pay off your credit card debts, improving your credit substantially. You will also only have one loan to pay each month at a lower interest rate than most credit cards so it should be easier to pay off.

If you have very bad credit, you probably still will be able to be approved for refinancing your mortgage, however the interest rate may be higher than quoted for good credit holders and less amount of your home’s value may be able to be refinanced. For instance, if your home is worth 250K, you might be only able to refinance up to 200K.

If you are looking to refinance your existing home mortgage, don’t let bad credit stand in your way. In fact, refinancing your mortgage can improve your credit situation.

By: Connie Barker

Connie Barker is the owner of several informational financial websites including those dealing with

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