The equity in your home begins to noticeably appreciate once you have lived there for more than two years. In other words the difference between what you owe and what your home is worth is enough that you can tap into it through a manufactured home equity loan refinance.
Let’s look at real number to get an idea of how this works. If your home is worth say $150,000 and your mortgage has been paid down to $95,000 then the difference between the two is the amount of equity in your home; in this case $55,000. This equity can be borrowed against with a home equity loan or through refinancing a current mortgage for a larger amount.
This money can be used for just about anything but the more popular choices among homeowners include paying off bills or debt, home improvements, or money for college or continuing education.
If you are considering refinancing your current mortgage or getting a equity loan on your manufactured home here are some things to keep in mind to ensure you get the right loan for your needs.
1. The market for manufactured home equity loan refinancing is very competitive with a large number of financial institutions vying for your business. In fact you may already be getting solicitations through the mail, phone, and email from some of these institutions. While most are on the up and up to be wary of anyone trying to solicit some form of home loan from you. It is better to seek out reputable financial institutions such as your local bank, credit union, mortgage broker, or online mortgage source.
2. An appraisal done by a certified appraiser will be required by any lending institution. It is still a good idea to have an idea of how much your home is worth before hand. There are online services that provide estimated home values. This will let you know if refinancing is something that makes financial sense for you.
3. Get your credit report and credit score before approaching any lender. This will also help in deciding if this type of loan is feasible for you. The law provides that you can get one free credit report per year and for small additional fee the reporting agencies will provide your overall FICO score. This is a good starting point in determining if you’ll be able to obtain a loan although there are other factors that mix into the equation.
4. Shop around to get the best possible deal. Have each lender fully explain their loan products so that you understand what they are offering. Be specific with your questions and ask them to explain anything you don’t understand to your satisfaction. Ask about the length or term of the loan, closing costs, other fees, and the interest rate.
5. Let all your prospective lenders know you are shopping around. They will actively sweeten the deal if they know they have competition.
6. All proposals and quotes need to be in writing. This gives you the opportunity to compare your choices and pick the one that works best for you. It will also help prevent any unwanted surprises at closing.
7. Don’t sign anything until its time for closing and you’re comfortable with your choice. And never sign any paper work that has blanks on it and be sure to read everything thoroughly. Any good lender will also inform you that you have three days to change your mind and cancel any refinance if you don’t feel right about the outcome.
Doing a manufactured home equity loan refinance can be a good financial tool to tap into your homes equity for a variety of reasons. But remember that it is your home and your most valuable asset so proceed carefully and thoroughly research all your choices.