Refinancing

The benefits of working with WAFD

Ready to Refinance?

  • Application
    Apply to reduce your monthly payments or get cash out from your lender. 
  • Processing
    Get initial approval of credit, income and assets, and determine home value to support your loan application. 
  • Underwriting
    Your lender will submit your final documentation to the underwriter for final approval. The underwriter follows the 3 C’s:
    • Credit
      • Credit history
    • Capacity
      • Cash flow/income
      • Cash & liquid assets
    • Collateral
      • Type of property & occupancy
      • Loan to value
  • Closing
    Complete the final approval steps from your mortgage lender.

Ready to Refinance?

  • Application
    Apply to reduce your monthly payments or get cash out from your lender. 
  • Processing
    Get initial approval of credit, income and assets, and determine home value to support your loan application. 
  • Underwriting
    Your lender will submit your final documentation to the underwriter for final approval. The underwriter follows the 3 C’s:
    Credit
      -Credit history
    Capacity
      -Cash flow/income
      -Cash & liquid assets
    Collateral
      -Type of property & occupancy
      -Loan to value
  • Closing
    Complete the final approval steps from your mortgage lender.

Frequently asked questions

When should you refinance?
Conventional wisdom said that you should consider refinancing if you can drop your interest rate by about 20%. But be sure to look at what you owe before you refinance and compare it to your loan balance after refinancing. If you’re adding thousands to your mortgage balance, you may be negating any savings you would realize from a lower interest rate.
When will I begin to save money from a refinance?
To calculate when your finance will actually begin to save you money, take the total cost of your refinance and divide it by your monthly savings after you refinance. This will tell you how many months it will take to pay off the refinance. You will need to live in the property longer than the number of months it takes to payoff to actually realize any savings.

Use our refinance calculator to learn exactly how long it will take for you to begin saving money.
Can I invest my refinancing savings?
Mortgage refinancing can save you tens of thousands of dollars. If you're not strapped for cash, be sure to have a plan in place for the money you save from refinancing.

  • Will you invest in your child's education?
  • Do you plan to prepay your mortgage so you can pay off your loan early?
  • Are you going to add your monthly savings into a 401(K) or another retirement savings account?

Be sure to run some financial calculations to see just how much you can save, and have a plan in place for your savings to get the most out of your mortgage refinance.
Let's get started
Connect with your local Loan Officer directly for more information.