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The idea of cutting your monthly mortgage payment down by refinancing your loan may sound intriguing to you as a Delaware or Southeastern Pennsylvania homeowner, but there is much more to consider before diving in. In fact, there are cases in which refinancing does not truly pay off for the homeowner. But don't worry! As your local real estate experts, you can count on the Kat Geralis Home Team to help you make the best decision for your situation. 

Below are four factors to consider before making the decision to refinance your mortgage

Refinancing is not free
Just as you likely paid some closing costs when you purchased your home in Wilmington, Newark and the surrounding areas, you will be required to again with refinancing. Closing costs are typically 2 to 5 percent of your loan amount and will need to be paid up front when you refinance. While your lender may offer a no closing costs refinance, be aware that it may come packaged with a higher interest rate. It's always wise to consider all of your options!

The savings should pay off quickly
When deciding if a refinance is right for you and your Delaware or Pennsylvania home, you need to look at the savings. Refinancing makes the most sense when your interest rate is more than 100 points above the current interest rates. The savings from your refinance should also recoup itself in under two years. For example, if your refinance cost you $2,800 and you end up saving $179 per month, the savings would be recouped in 15 months. It pays to crunch the numbers! 

You may be able to cancel PMI
As we've talked about in the past, private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required for buyers that put down less than 20 percent on their new home. However, if you've gained enough equity in your home over the past years, a refinance may mean you're able to cancel your PMI. Just remember the loan balance needs to be 80 percent or less of your home's value

Refinancing resets your loan
Perhaps one of the most important factors to consider is that a refinance is essentially hitting the reset button on your home loan. If you've had your loan for many years and have reached the point where you're paying down the principal instead of interest, refinancing may not be the best idea as you will likely reverse this dynamic.

Questions about selling your home in Greater Wilmington, Newark, Chester County or Delaware County PA? Do not hesitate to give the Kat Geralis Home Team a call today!

Katina Geralis
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3 Common Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make in Newark and Wilmington DE

by Katina Geralis

No matter if you live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Newark or Wilmington Delaware, first-time homebuyers are tempted to commit the same common real estate mistakes. We know that the homebuying process can feel overwhelming and if you've found "the one," you may feel rushed into making a big decision. However, the last thing you want is to feel buyer's remorse!

As your real estate experts in Wilmington and Newark, DE, Chester County and Delaware County PA, the Kat Geralis Home Team has outlined three of the real estate mistakes we see most often among first-time buyers. Remember, if you know how to spot them, the less likely you are to run into the same pitfalls!

Not seeking professional advice
Are you self-employed? Are you worried you don't have enough for a down payment? Concerned that you won't qualify for a mortgage? Don't toss out the idea of buying a home just because you think it's not an option for you! It's always wise to seek professional advice, whether that be with your real estate agent or with a local lender, before you decide to make a home purchase. Only the experts will be able to review your specific situation and provide you with a buying timeline or realistic price range for a property. Don't make the assumption yourself!

Looking at homes out of your budget
As I mentioned above, don't make assumptions about your budget or price range until you have the facts in order! You can use a mortgage calculator to determine what a comfortable mortgage payment may be each month given your other debts and expenses, but until you meet with a lender, you won't know for certain. Be careful not to start looking at homes that may be out of your budget as you will only get your hopes up and be disappointed later. 

Not gathering mortgage quotes
Not only are you able to gather different mortgage quotes from lenders in the area, but it is highly recommended! Each lender may present you with a different mortgage rate, terms and conditions and locking in the first you receive could mean leaving money on the table. Gather quotes from a few lenders on the same day and compare each one before making your decision.

If you're preparing to buy a home in the Greater Wilmington area or Southeastern PA, do not hesitate to contact the Kat Geralis Home Team! We have helped numerous buyers with their real estate goals, walking them through the buying process and finding them the perfect property! We even offer FREE first-time homebuyer seminars!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Realty

Wilmington Real Estate
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