Mortgage Refinancing

When you’re ready to secure better home loan terms, you can refinance your mortgage to lower your monthly payment or interest rate.

Your finances, payment preferences, and the market can change drastically over the years after purchasing a home. Maybe your credit has improved so you can qualify for better terms, or interest rates have dropped across the board, or you want to borrow against the equity in your home to cover various costs. Refinancing your mortgage gives you the flexibility to do any of those, plus more. At Listerhill, our team is here to help you achieve your refinancing goals, whatever they may be.

  • Low fixed interest rates 
  • Flexible loan terms including a 15 and 30-year loan
  • Up to 85% financing with no PMI
What is Mortgage Refinancing?

When you refinance your mortgage, you essentially replace your original mortgage and abide by your new home loan terms. The terms that change can depend upon your goals, whether you want to reduce your interest rate, pay your loan off quicker, or go from a fixed rate to an adjustable rate or vice versa. 

Refinancing your mortgage gives you the freedom to pay off your home on your terms. 

Benefits of Mortgage Refinancing

Refinancing your mortgage comes with a slew of benefits, so if you’re in the right place to refinance, you can take advantage of some of these benefits:

  • A lower interest rate: If mortgage rates have fallen or if your credit profile has improved since your original mortgage, you can secure a lower interest rate and pay less in interest over the life of your loan.
  • Reduced monthly payments: Lower interest rates reduce your monthly payment so that you can have more flexibility in your budget.
  • Borrowing money: If you choose a cash-out refinance, you can borrow against the equity in your home to use for any purpose, whether you want to consolidate debt or complete home renovations.
  • Shorter loan term: Perhaps you want to pay off your home quicker. In that case, you can reduce your loan term from a 30 year to a 15-year mortgage. While doing so will increase your monthly payment, it will allow you to be mortgage-free faster.
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Consult with one of our friendly loan officers about a payback term that fits your goals.

Convenient Payment Options

Conveniently pay off your loan through Online or Mobile Banking, automatic payments, or your local branch.

Electronic Mortgage Application Process

Buy your home without ever entering a branch.

No Charge for Mortgage Insurance

When you get an In House Loan with Listerhill, pay no monthly charge for Mortgage Insurance so you can dedicate your full monthly payment to your actual loan. 

Adjustable or Fixed Rates

Get into a home with a low adjustable rate or at a fixed rate set by the market.

Requirements for Mortgage Refinancing

To qualify for a mortgage refinancing, we will look at your financial background to determine whether you have a manageable level of debt, steady income, good credit history, qualifying homeownership period, and home equity.

Debt to income ratio: We will review your debt to income ratio (DTI) to ensure you don’t have more debt than your income can manage. A recommended DTI, including your mortgage payment, is no more than 43%. 

Steady income: Whether you’re self-employed or have a W2 job, we want to ensure that you have a stable work history showcasing your likelihood of being able to afford your home now and in the future. Two years of consistent employment are typically required to qualify for a home loan.

Credit history: Your credit score is a significant indicator of your financial responsibility. We will review your credit history and credit score to determine whether you have the background that showcases your ability to manage mortgage payments. 

Homeownership period: In many circumstances, you need to hold the title to your home for a set period; generally, 6 months, to refinance your mortgage.

Home equity: Additionally, you want to have equity in your home before refinancing. This is especially important if you're going to complete a cash-out refinance. 

While we look at these five factors to help you qualify for a mortgage, we also realize this is not black and white and will review your full profile and speak with you directly to get you the loan you want and can afford.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does it matter who your mortgage is with?

    Yes because choosing the right lender for your home loan or refinance can lead to a better transaction overall. This is especially important if you are a first time homebuyer or attempting to qualify under special circumstances.

  • Why choose Listerhill for my mortgage?

    At Listerhill, our focus is on “people helping people.” When you purchase a home, we want to offer you the support you need from application to closing. 

    As a nonprofit cooperative owned and operated by its members, you own an equal “share” in Listerhill and vote in elections for the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee.  That means your voice is always heard, and in turn, our actions reflect your needs and desires. 

    Our mortgage rates, terms, and policies will always reflect your needs in securing the best credit union mortgage loan in Alabama. 

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  • Is a credit union better for mortgages?

    Securing a mortgage through a credit union is preferable for many seeking to purchase a new home or refinance.  Credit unions often offer more competitive mortgage rates in Alabama and are more flexible with their terms and conditions. 

  • When does it make sense to refinance a mortgage?

    Refinancing your home loan can be a great option to secure a better loan for your current circumstances and future goals. It makes sense to refinance your mortgage if one of the benefits will be helpful for you:

    • Secure a lower interest rate
    • Reduce your mortgage term
    • Switch from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage or vice versa
    • Borrow against the equity in your home


    If doing any of the above would benefit you, refinancing might be the next best move.

Additional Questions?

Listerhill has been consistently been rated in the top tier for overall satisfaction by our members. While we hope you find the information you need online, we'd be happy to talk with you about questions you may have. Call us at (256) 383-9204 or 1-800-239-6033 for friendly, local assistance. Or even stop by one of our branches for personal service.

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  • How do I redeem my Merchandise Rewards?

    The easiest way to redeem your Merchandise Rewards is to log into Listerhill’s Online Banking and click the “Get Info” link to the right of your credit card information. This will take you to our credit card servicing site within the same window. Select “Rewards” on the upper right side within the screen (below FICO Score) and on the next screen, click on the CURewards logo. This will automatically sign you in to be able to redeem your Merchandise Rewards points!

  • What are the benefits of becoming a SEG partner organization?

    1. Completely free program and zero liability to your company.

    2. Easy to implement – requires no additional staffing or resource allocation.

    3. Builds employee loyalty and helps your organization stand out in a competitive employment market.

    4. Encourages financially stable employees through free on-site financial workshops.

    5. Initial on-site employee orientation; re-orientations and free financial seminars available. Once signed up, our SEG partner organizations are offered a free 30-40 minute on-site orientation to educate employees about the benefits of belonging to the Listerhill Credit Union financial cooperative. This informative and helpful session gives your employees a chance to ask questions and learn about the many benefits, products and services that membership provides them. Once on board, we also offer [INSERT PROGRAM NAME HERE] partner organizations free Lunch n’ Learn seminars for employees. Topics include creating a budget, paying for college, debt management and how to buy a home.

    6. Credit union support at benefit fairs and open enrollment.

    7. Same-day account opening – we can immediately assist your employees who would like to open an account during our visit.

    8. Free informational materials – We provide all materials at no charge, including brochures and financial wellness educational workbooks

    9. Free participation in employee benefits fairs, new employee orientation meetings and other organizational events.

    10. No hassle partnership – we do all the work!

  • How do your employees benefit from being a SEG?

    1. Lifetime credit union membership

    2. Competitive rates on a wide range of savings products like:

    • Share Savings
    • Money Market
    • Certificates
    • IRAs
    • My Goal Savings
    • Explorer Rewards

    3. A wide range of loan products like:

    • Auto loans
    • Personal loans
    • Recreational loans

    4. Competitive loan and savings rates.

    5. 24/7 account access with Smart ATMs, Online and Mobile Banking, or by telephone with Automated Access. The choice is yours.

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    7. Overdraft protection

    8. Up to 3 overdraft refunds per year on us.

    9. First box of checks free when you open your new checking account.

    10. Free Visa debit card with rewards or a UNA Keystone Debit Card to show your #lionpride and give back to the University.

    11. Checking accounts with no minimum balance required.

    12. Interest-earning checking accounts

    13. Free Online Banking with features like:

    • Free Online Bill Pay
    • PopMoney
    • Notify Me Alerts
    • Personal Finance Manager

    14. 24/7 Access to Smart ATMS with features like:

    • Make a deposit
    • Get exact change
    • Make loan payments
    • Speak with a real, local representative

    15. Access to 5,000 CO-OP Shared Branches nationwide for easy access to your money wherever you go.

    16. Visa Platinum Cash Back card with 1% cash back on everything you buy.

    17. Visa Platinum Merchandise Rewards

    18. A full-service mortgage lending department and your mortgage stays with Listerhill for the life of the loan.

    19. A full-service financial planning department that gives you personalized, local service.

    20. Access to financial wellness education courses and information.

  • How does the Maintenance Fee contribute to Listerhill's sustainability?

    In the past, we charged a $10 Relationship Fee to help cover the cost of servicing members' accounts. We felt we could serve you better by removing this fee and establishing a lower fee based on your investment in the cooperative. Encouraging our members to save and borrow with us is key to Listerhill's sustainability, plus it creates value that it ultimately returned back to our member owners (like you!)

  • How can I avoid the new Maintenance Fee?

    You can avoid the new $5 Maintenance Fee entirely when you meet just one of the following requirements:

    • You or someone in your household has had a current loan or mortgage within the last 12 months.   

    • You or someone in your household has an open credit card    

    • You or someone in your household has an aggregate average daily balance of $1,000 in your accounts  

    • You or someone in your household has a relationship with our Listerhill Financial Services department   

    • You have paid at least $125 in NSF, Transfer, or Courtesy Pay fees for the month   

    • You are under the age of 25   

    • Your account is less than 90 days old   

    • You have paid a Return Mail Fee or an Inactive Account Fee for the month