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The Cost Of Refinancing A Mortgage

In the beginning stages of buying a home, it is quite simple to determine whether or not a home is affordable. All you need to know is your annual income, your down payment, and your debt month-to-month. From there you simply input your information into a mortgage affordability calculator and you will get a pretty good idea on what you can afford. However, what if your financial situation changes after that? What if interest rates fall to record low rates?

Regardless of the scenario, a mortgage refinance should be considered. The cost of refinancing a mortgage depends on the interest rate, credit score, lender, and loan amount. If homeowners can pressure lenders to compete for their business, they are more likely to obtain a better mortgage refinancing deal.

Closing charges in a mortgage include credit costs, appraisal fees, points (which are an optional cost to reduce the interest rate over time), insurance and taxes, escrow and title expenses, and lender costs.  If there is enough equity in the property to cover closing costs and fees at the time of refinancing, the homeowner can opt to add them to their current mortgage balance. Cash may also be used to pay closing costs in the lender’s preferred scenario if the buyer wants to decrease the loan amount.

Residents who have a no-cost mortgage can save money on future mortgage payments by taking out a higher rate. Closing costs on a mortgage (excluding homeowners insurance, interest, and taxes) are paid for by the mortgage originator, who receives a rebate from the lending institution that finances the loan.

Title and Escrow Fees

The owner’s and lender’s title insurance premiums will be included in escrow fees. The title insurance will not only protect the owner but also the lender by covering a clean title and ensuring that the people with legal authority to transfer ownership of the property are actually doing so. In certain situations, the insurance policy also safeguards you against forgery or fraud.

The majority of homeowners who refinance already have a policy of title insurance, which they do not want to pay for again. Be mindful that lenders, as well as property owners, are covered by insurance. A new insurance policy is required as a result of the refinancing procedure. With the aid of a title firm, consumers who want to refinance may save money on title costs and titles.

Escrow fees are service expenses incurred by the title company, which acts as an impartial third party. They also ensure that those involved in the deal do as promised and facilitate the transaction itself.

The costs of the closing attorney, recording fees for documents handled outside of your state, document preparation, and notary charges are all included in this number.

Lending Costs

In general, “garbage fees” are the costs charged by the lender to fund and process a mortgage. They may be referred to by a variety of names, and in general, they can be grouped together and generally known as “garbage fees.” There are a number of costs when acquiring a mortgage, many of which may be covered by your lender. These expenses include processing, underwriting, document preparation, as well as administrative and funding charges. Mortgage interest and taxes, along with wire and flood certifications, are all extra lending expenses. These costs are generally imposed by lenders, with homeowners paying between $650 and $850 for such coverage.


Points fall into two categories: discount fees, which are prepaid interest paid upfront, and origination fees. The mortgage interest rate is lowered with discount costs, which are essentially prepaid interest that a homeowner pays in advance. The seller is responsible for all closing costs and other fees, which include the cost of the loan. The borrower pays these amounts directly to a mortgage originator or escrow company. During a transaction, originators collect fees from borrowers to compensate them for their time and effort spent on obtaining financing for the loan. These fees are typically higher than interest rates. One percent of the total mortgage amount is worth one point.

Fees For Appraiser

The appraisal fee for a home will vary according to whether it is an investment property, what type of property it is, and whether it will be owner-occupied (i.e., the homeowner intends to live there). The average cost for a simple single-family condominium, townhouse, or tract home is between $300 and $400. Typically, an operating income statement and a rental survey are required, as well as the appraisal, which might add on $200 to $300.

Fees for Late Payments and Other Charges

The cost of an investigation into a homeowner’s credit history obtained through any of the three credit agencies may range from $25 to $65 per married couple or person. Consumers who have a strong credit history might be able to obtain higher rates by correcting any of the information on the credit reports.

Insurance Payments

The homeowner’s insurance policy should be up to date when the new mortgage is closed. Replacement cost coverage is the minimum required by the lender. Some lenders demand that a homeowner’s insurance policy be in effect for at least four months after the first mortgage payment date. Owners should also double-check with their insurance companies to ensure that an extra payment versus a yearly one is permissible. However, if you cancel within the first year, they will not be charged anything. Otherwise, they may be required to pay in advance for another year.

In certain regions, lenders may demand that homeowners have policies to cover potential risks, such as earthquakes or flooding. Each geological hazard zone is established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Therefore appraisers may quickly see whether the property is in one of these zones simply by consulting the most up-to-date geologic hazard map.


The lender will demand that all outstanding or defaulting property taxes be paid at the mortgage closing, whether they are paid on an annual or semiannual basis. Prior to closing, property tax payments may be required, depending on the circumstances, for borrowers who are refinancing during the period when their property taxes are due but have not yet been paid. During this time, the property taxes are recognized as a legal lien on the mortgaged property.

It’s critical for homeowners to remember that if they fall within the specified period, they should not pay their property taxes outside of escrow. The county may delay the listing of payment as received if you mail a check instead of making an electronic transfer. Their title company couldn’t verify that the initial payment was received and recorded by the county, the homeowner is required to pay their taxes twice in escrow. The homeowner would receive an extra payment, but the process is really simple to avoid.


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Kaya Wittenburg

Blog Author and CEO

Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

He is here to help you use real estate as a vehicle to develop your own personal empire and feel deeply satisfied along the way. If you have an interest in buying, selling or renting property in South Florida, contact Kaya today.

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