What is a cash-out refinance?


A cash-out refinance is a transaction which refinances one or more of your current obligations fully and you receive funds on top of that. A cash-out refinance is a new loan that will pay off your existing first mortgage fully and you will even receive additional cash. Normally, there is a single fee apart from closing costs associated with the cash-out refinance that comes out of your pocket and this is the appraisal.

With a cash-out refinance you don’t necessarily get higher interest, especially if you observe your LTV. If you want to have an 80 percent LTV on your home worth $200,000, trying to keep the cash-out within $160,000 will help avoid higher rates.

What is cash-out refinance usually used for?

Well, taking a cash-out refinance can be used to consolidate multiple expenses and debt into a single monthly payment, which greatly reduces your efforts and saves you thousands of cash in a year. Nevertheless, keep in mind that consolidating debts as credit cards into a cash-out refinance, you are securing them with your house. And while defaulting on credit cards usually does not endanger your house, with a cash-out to consolidate credit cards they will become a lien on your property.

A cash-out allows you to make use of the equity of your home on issues such as education and car expenses now without having to wait until you sell your home. A home equity loan is not the same as a cash-out refinance. The difference is that the cash-out replaces your home loan and does not come on top of it, unlike an equity loan.

Since you could be allowed a cash-out of up to 125% of the appraised value (apparently, within higher interest and depending on lender), you may consider investing it. This is another way that a cash-out comes handy - use it as active investment instead of having this money stuck in the house.

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