When you refinance, you get a new loan to pay off your current loan. Why? The reasons include getting a lower interest rate, switching from an adjustable rate (ARM) to a stable fixed rate loan, converting equity to cash, or getting a shorter term. In other words, you get a better loan.
Have you had a change, or expect a change, in your personal or financial situation? Have home values gone up? Have interest rates gone down? There are many reasons to refinance, but the best reason is creating lower monthly payments, or significant savings over the life of the loan. And sometimes both.
Cash-out refinancing is an option that allows you to receive part of your home’s equity in the form of cash at the same time you refinance your loan. Your new loan will be larger than your current loan, and you can use the money however you want, from paying off high-interest credit cards to affording a college education.