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Many homeowners decide on a mortgage refinance in Florida to lower their monthly payments, pay off their home loan faster or get cash for home improvements. See if refinancing a home loan with a credit union is right for you.

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Refinancing Your Home Loan With a Credit Union

When it comes to refinancing a home loan, rates are one of the most important factors homeowners look at, but refinancing with a credit union is more than just numbers. We provide members with all the resources and benefits that make refinancing a home just as enjoyable as the memories made in it. Let us help you determine your refinancing goals, so you can feel at ease with your credit union mortgage.

Benefits of Refinancing a Mortgage with TFCU

  • Ability to cash out on refinancing for major expenses such as home improvements
  • Opportunity to lower the life of your current mortgage loan
  • Competitive low-interest rates
  • Ability to eliminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
  • Low closing costs


FLORIDA MORTGAGE REFINANCE INTEREST RATES

Refinancing a mortgage is about saving money, cut costs by comparing credit union refinance rates to find which option is best for you.

Rates effective as of October 15, 2019.

30-year
(fixed rate)
3.750%*

Points: 0.375%

3.873% APR*

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.750% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.873%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 359 payments of $694.67 at an interest rate of 3.750%
  • 1 payment of $696.95 at an interest rate of 3.750%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.750% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.873%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 359 payments of $694.67 at an interest rate of 3.750%
  • 1 payment of $696.95 at an interest rate of 3.750%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

15-year
(fixed rate)
3.250%*

Points: 0.250%

3.448% APR**

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.250% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.448%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 179 payments of $1,054 at an interest rate of 3.250%
  • 1 payment of $1,054.81 at an interest rate of 3.250%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.250% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.448%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 179 payments of $1,054 at an interest rate of 3.250%
  • 1 payment of $1,054.81 at an interest rate of 3.250%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

30 Year Jumbo
(fixed rate)
3.625%*

Points: 0.250%

3.673% APR**

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $500,000 and an estimated property value of $750,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.625% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.673%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 359 payments of $2,280.26 at an interest rate of 3.625%
  • 1 payment of $2,277.91 at an interest rate of 3.625%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $500,000 and an estimated property value of $750,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.625% interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.663%. The payment schedule would be:

  • 359 payments of $2,280.26 at an interest rate of 3.625%
  • 1 payment of $2,277.91 at an interest rate of 3.625%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

5/1 ARM
(variable rate)
2.875%*

Points: 0.125%

3.941% APR**

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 2.875% initial interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.941%, subject to increase. Based on current market conditions, the payment schedule would be:

  • 60 payments of $622.34 at an interest rate of 2.875%
  • 299 payments of $730.15 at an interest rate of 4.375%
  • 1 payment of $727.91 at an interest rate of 4.375%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $150,000 and an estimated property value of $200,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 2.875% initial interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.941%, subject to increase. Based on current market conditions, the payment schedule would be:

  • 60 payments of $622.34 at an interest rate of 2.875%
  • 299 payments of $730.15 at an interest rate of 4.375%
  • 1 payment of $727.91 at an interest rate of 4.375%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

Jumbo 5/1 ARM
(variable rate)
3.250%*

Points: 0.250%

4.021% APR**

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $500,000 and an estimated property value of $750,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.250% initial interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 4.021%, subject to increase. Based on current market conditions, the payment schedule would be:

  • 60 payments of $2,176.03 at an interest rate of 3.250%
  • 299 payments of $2,450.41 at an interest rate of 4.375%
  • 1 Payment of $2,447.84 at a rate of 4.375%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information

 

The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to purchase a property, with a loan amount of $500,000 and an estimated property value of $750,000. The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward county. The property is an existing single family home and will be used as a primary residence. An escrow (impound) account is required. The rate lock period is 45 days and the assumed credit score is 740.

At a 3.250% initial interest rate, the APR for this loan type is 4.021%, subject to increase. Based on current market conditions, the payment schedule would be:

  • 60 payments of $2,176.03 at an interest rate of 3.250%
  • 275 payments of $3,486.78 at an interest rate of 8.250%
  • 1 payment of $3,490.26 at an interest rate of 8.250%

If an escrow account is required or requested, the actual monthly payment will also include amounts for real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.

10 Yr “Rapid Refi”
Program (Fixed Rate)
3.625%*
Points: $500

3.678% APR**

What's the rate?*

Important Loan Information
 
The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to refinance your property, with a loan amount of $200,000 and an estimated property value of $270,000.   The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward County.   The property is an existing single-family home and will be used as a primary residence.   The assumed credit score is 700 or higher.
 
At a 3.625% fixed rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.678%.    The payment schedule would be 120 months at $1989.45 per month at an interest rate of 3.625%.   For this loan, there will be no escrow account available.   Closing Costs on this loan is a total of only $500.

 

What's the APR?**

Important Loan Information
 
The information provided assumes the purpose of the loan is to refinance your property, with a loan amount of $200,000 and an estimated property value of $270,000.   The property is located in Miramar, FL and is within Broward County.   The property is an existing single-family home and will be used as a primary residence.   The assumed credit score is 700 or higher.
 
At a 3.625% fixed rate, the APR for this loan type is 3.678%.    The payment schedule would be 120 months at $1989.45 per month at an interest rate of 3.625%.   For this loan, there will be no escrow account available.   Closing Costs on this loan is a total of only $500.
What is a Fixed Rate Mortgage?

This "traditional" type of mortgage has a set interest rate throughout the entire life of the loan. We recommended a fixed rate mortgage for those who don't want their loan to fluctuate with market rates. 

What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)?

An ARM's interest rate and payment is fixed for a period and then can adjust up or down. We recommend an ARM for those who want to take advantage of lower initial payments with the ability to convert to a fixed rate loan.

How do I compare mortgage refinance interest rates?

When you compare mortgage rates, you’ll see they’re based on different factors, such as the type of mortgage, the number of years it will take to pay off the loan and points, an amount usually paid at closing to lower the interest rate. The APR is helpful when you are comparing the total cost of mortgage option among lenders as it includes estimated loan fees in addition to closing costs spread out over the length of the loan.
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Florida Mortgage Refinance Calculator

Calculate your monthly savings with our online Florida mortgage refinance calculators. We can help you sort through the numbers to determine if refinancing your mortgage will save you more money. Use one of our desired current rates when calculating your monthly and overall savings and don’t forget that the rate you qualify for may differ depending on a variety of factors such as term and credit score.

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A QUICK LOOK AT CASH-OUT REFINANCES

Normally the goal of refinancing a mortgage is to save money by reducing rates and/or payments. Cash out Florida mortgage refinances replace an old mortgage with a new one while borrowing extra money as part of the mortgage agreement. Some homeowners, like yourself, will choose a cash-out refinance with the goal of obtaining extra money for major expenses such as:

 
Home Improvement
Home Improvement

Updating a kitchen and putting in a pool are expensive, get to these projects sooner with extra cash. 

Debt Consolidation
Elimination Debt

Get the flexibility of either consolidating or paying off large debts such as credit cards or medical bills.  

Business
Starting A Business 

Start-up's can be expensive, having extra cash can help jump start your local business. 

Second Home
Purchasing A Second Home

Saving to purchase a second home can take time, extra money gets you into the second home sooner.

When Should I Refinance My Florida Mortgage Loan?

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Have you been in your home for just a few years? This is typically the best time to refinance because most of your payment goes towards interest.
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Have mortgage interest rates in Florida dropped since getting your current mortgage? This is great if you want to lower your monthly payment or pay off your loan faster
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Has your home's value gone up and would you like to pay off high-interest debt like credit cards or pay for a big purchase like a wedding or education?

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When refinancing your credit union mortgage, you’ll need a lot of the same documents used when you first applied. In case you forgot, we’ve compiled a helpful list of everything you might need when refinancing.

The Credit Union Mortgage Refinancing Process

Refinancing your house takes a little work, but the money you save by lowering your monthly mortgage payment is the reward. Here's what you can expect:

1

Compare

Research the different options to refinance your credit union mortgage. We can guide you through the pros and cons of each to help you decide which option is best for you.

2

Apply

Once you decide which mortgage refinance option is right for you, the next step is to apply. And to help you along your journey, we have made the application process so easy.

3

Relax

Our trusted Mortgage Refinance Advisors will continue to guide you through the process so you don't have to worry about a thing. They'll be with you every step of the way. 

4

Close

Refinancing has never been easier. Just imagine how good you will feel and what you can do with a lower mortgage payment that saves you more money every single month.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Refinancing Your Mortgage in Florida

We understand refinancing your mortgage can feel very stressful.

Taking time to get financially prepared before applying for your mortgage refinance helps you to feel better about the process. And while everyone's situation is different, the following are factors we consider when reviewing your mortgage refinance application. 

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Credit Score

Your credit score is just one piece of your overall financial picture we review to gain a better understanding of how well you manage bills. And the higher your credit score is, the better rate you may get.

Take action: Get a free yearly credit report here and learn what your credit score is before applying to refinance your mortgage.

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Down Payment

We will assess the value of your house using independent appraisers to help determine how much you are eligible to borrow.

Take action: Click here to get a basic understanding of what your home's value might be before applying for your mortgage refinance.

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Debt-to-Income Ratio

Your debt-to-income ratio is calculated from how much of your monthly income (before taxes are taken out) goes towards paying off your debt. We'll look at your income sources and determine the difference between your monthly income and the debts you owe. 

Take action: Click here to learn about DTI

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How do I know if I should refinance my mortgage?

The simple rule of thumb for determining if it makes sense to refinance is to analyze the amount that it will cost you to refinance compared to the monthly savings you'll have by reducing your payment.

By dividing the cost of refinancing by the monthly savings you can determine how many monthly payments you'll have to make before you've recaptured the initial refinance cost. If you plan on staying in your home longer than the recapture time it may make sense for you to refinance.

Want to see how much you might be able to save? 

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Is comparing APRs the best way to decide which lender has the lowest rates and fees?

The Federal Truth in Lending law requires that all financial institutions disclose the APR when they advertise a rate. The APR is designed to present the actual cost of obtaining financing, by requiring that some, but not all, closing fees are included in the APR calculation. These fees in addition to the interest rate determine the estimated cost of financing over the full term of the loan. Since most people do not keep the mortgage for the entire loan term, it may be misleading to spread the effect of some of these up front costs over the entire loan term.

Also, unfortunately, the APR doesn't include all the closing fees and lenders are allowed to interpret which fees they include. Fees for things like appraisals, title work, and document preparation are not included even though you'll probably have to pay them.

For adjustable rate mortgages, the APR can be even more confusing. Since no one knows exactly what market conditions will be in the future, assumptions must be made regarding future rate adjustments.

You can use the APR as a guideline to shop for loans but you should not depend solely on the APR in choosing the loan program that's best for you. Look at total fees, possible rate adjustments in the future if you're comparing adjustable rate mortgages, and consider the length of time that you plan on having the mortgage.

Don't forget that the APR is an effective interest rate--not the actual interest rate. Your monthly payments will be based on the actual interest rate, the amount you borrow, and the term of your loan.

Should I pay points in exchange for a lower interest rate?

Points are considered a form of interest. Each point is equal to one percent of the loan amount. You pay them, up front, at your loan closing in exchange for a lower interest rate over the life of your loan. This means more money will be required at closing, however, you will have lower monthly payments over the term of your loan.

Click here to calculate and see if points make sense for you. 

What are closing fees and how are they determined?

A home loan often involves many fees, such as the appraisal fee, title charges, closing fees, and state or local taxes. These fees vary from state to state and also from lender to lender. Any lender or broker should be able to give you an estimate of their fees, but it is more difficult to tell which lenders have done their homework and are providing a complete and accurate estimate. We take quotes very seriously. We've completed the research necessary to make sure that our fee quotes are accurate to the city level - and that is no easy task!

To assist you in evaluating our fees, we've grouped them as follows:

Third Party Fees
Fees that we consider third party fees include the appraisal fee, the credit report fee, the settlement or closing fee, the survey fee, tax service fees, title insurance fees, flood certification fees, and courier/mailing fees.

Third party fees are fees that we'll collect and pass on to the person who actually performed the service. For example, an appraiser is paid the appraisal fee, a credit bureau is paid the credit report fee, and a title company or an attorney is paid the title insurance fees.

Typically, you'll see some minor variances in third party fees from lender to lender since a lender may have negotiated a special charge from a provider they use often or chooses a provider that offers nationwide coverage at a flat rate. You may also see that some lenders absorb minor third party fees such as the flood certification fee, the tax service fee, or courier/mailing fees.

Taxes and other unavoidables
Fees that we consider to be taxes and other unavoidables include: State/Local Taxes and recording fees. These fees will most likely have to be paid regardless of the lender you choose. If some lenders don't quote you fees that include taxes and other unavoidable fees, don't assume that you won't have to pay it. It probably means that the lender who doesn't tell you about the fee hasn't done the research necessary to provide accurate closing costs.

Lender Fees
Fees such as points, administration fees, document preparation fees, and loan processing fees are retained by the lender and are used to provide you with the lowest rates possible.
This is the category of fees that you should compare very closely from lender to lender before making a decision.

Required Advances
You may be asked to prepay some items at closing that will actually be due in the future. These fees are sometimes referred to as prepaid items.One of the more common required advances is called "per diem interest" or "interest due at closing." All of our mortgages have

One of the more common required advances is called "per diem interest" or "interest due at closing." All of our mortgages have payment due dates of the 1st of the month. If your loan is funded on any day other than the first of the month, you'll pay interest, from the date of funding through the end of the month, at closing. For example, if the loan is closed on June 15, we'll collect interest from June 15 through June 30 at closing. This also means that you won't make your first mortgage payment until August 1. This type of charge should not vary from lender to lender, and does not need to be considered when comparing lenders. All lenders will charge you interest beginning on the day the loan funds are disbursed. It is simply a matter of when it will be collected.

If an escrow or impound account will be established, you will make an initial deposit into the escrow account at closing so that sufficient funds are available to pay the bills when they become due.
If your loan requires mortgage insurance, mortgage insurance payments may be collected at closing. Whether or not you must purchase mortgage insurance depends on the percentage of the down payment you make.

If your loan is a purchase, you'll also need to pay for your first year's homeowner's insurance premium, flood and wind if applicable, prior to closing. The policies must be purchased and paid in full prior to closing and we consider this to be a required advance.

How do I know if it's best to lock in my interest rate or to let it float?

This is really up to you and is dependent on how much risk you can tolerate. As interest rates fluctuate on market conditions, those who consider themselves to be more risk adverse should probably consider locking in their interest rate. So if the rates go up, the borrower is still locked into the promised rate. But if the rates fall, the borrower will not be able to receive the lower rate.

For those who are willing to take a gamble for the prospects of a lower interest rate, floating a mortgage rate might be the best strategy. Of course, interest rates are dependent on market conditions and the borrower could end up with a higher rate when it comes time to finalizing the loan.

What is your Rate Lock Policy?

General Statement
The interest rate market is subject to movements without advance notice. Locking in a rate protects you from the time that your lock is confirmed to the day that your lock period expires. TFCU provides borrowers with the option to lock in the interest rate and points once the file has been reviewed by the underwriting area or to float the rate and points until five days prior to closing.

Lock-In Agreement
A lock is an agreement by the borrower and the lender and specifies the number of days for which a loan’s interest rate and points are guaranteed. Should interest rates rise during that period, we are obligated to honor the committed rate and points. Should interest rates and points fall during that period, the borrower, must honor the lock. Note: Any changes to the conditions of the loan locked may affect the rates and points to be charged on your loan. These conditions include, but are not limited to: Loan-To-Value based on appraised value of the property, transaction type, property type, number of units, loan program, purpose, occupancy, loan amount and if subordinate financing applies.

When Can I Lock?
Your interest rate and points can be locked once you have submitted a complete loan application with all required supporting documents and your loan has been pre-underwritten or reviewed by an underwriter and approval to lock in the loan has been granted.

Fees
We do not charge a fee for locking in your interest rate and points.

Lock Period
We currently offer a 30 day lock-in period. This means that your loan must close and disburse within this number of days from the day your lock is confirmed by us.

Lock Confirmation
Once you have requested to lock in your rate and points, a Rate Lock-In Confirmation notice will be sent to you to review and sign. The confirmation will outline the specific details regarding your lock selection. Please read this document carefully. If you have any questions, please contact your Mortgage Loan Originator.

Lock Changes
Once we accept your lock, your loan is committed into a secondary market transaction under the terms and conditions of the loan and lock. We will not be able to renegotiate the lock commitments unless the terms and conditions on your loan request change and the changes affect the rate and/or points to be charged on the loan. In addition, it is understood that if the loan funds after the expiration of the lock-in period, that the prevailing rate and points in effect five days before my closing date or the original locked-in rate and point(s) whichever is higher will apply.

*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. All home lending products are subject to credit and property approval. Rates, program terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.   Other restrictions and limitations apply.  Membership eligibility required with $5 minimum in savings.

Results of the mortgage rate quote estimate are guidelines; the estimate is not an application for credit and results do not guarantee loan approval or denial.