Refinancing Facility Agreement
Consumers generally try to refinance certain debt liabilities in order to obtain more favourable credit conditions, often in response to changing economic conditions. The common objectives of refinancing are to reduce the fixed interest rate in order to reduce payments over the term of the loan, to change the duration of the loan or to move from a fixed rate mortgage to a variable rate mortgage (ARM) or vice versa. Borrowers can also refinance because their credit profile has improved, because their long-term financial plans have changed, or because their existing debts are repaid by consolidation into a favourable credit. There are different types of refinancing options. The type of loan a borrower provides depends on the borrower`s needs. Some of these refinancing options include: Here is a hypothetical example of how refinancing works. Suppose Jane and John have a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The interest they have been paying since their first interest payment 10 years ago is 8%. Due to the economic environment, interest rates are falling. The couple turns to their bank and is able to refinance their existing mortgage at a new rate of 4%. This allows Jane and John to lock in a new interest rate for the next 20 years, while reducing their regular monthly mortgage payment. If interest rates fall again in the future, they may be able to refinance to further reduce their payments. The most common motivation for refinancing is the interest rate environment.
Because interest rates are cyclical, many consumers opt for refinancing in the event of a drop in interest rates. National monetary policy, the economic cycle and market competition can be key factors that lead to higher or lower interest rates for consumers and businesses. These factors can influence the interest rates of all types of credit products, including non-renewable credits and revolving credit cards. In an environment where interest rates rise, debtors with variable-rate products end up paying more interest; in an environment where interest rates are falling. For refinancing, the borrower must contact either the existing lender or a new lender to apply for the loan and reapply for a loan. The credit conditions and financial situation of an individual or business are then reassessed during refinancing.