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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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Pay Back on Your Terms

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.

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Meet our Mortgage Loan Officers
Stacy Aldridge

NMLS# 449408

256.383.9204, ext. 1222

saldridge@listerhill.com

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Casey Neill

NMLS# 207237

256.383.9204, ext. 3813

cneill@listerhill.com

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Vicki Wilson

NMLS# 198718

256.383.9204, ext. 1386

vwilson@listerhill.com

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Ashley Robinson

NMLS# 1816083

256.383.9204, ext. 2941

arobinson@listerhill.com

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Morgan Prestage

NMLS# 1872232

256.383.9204, ext. 1348

mprestage@listerhill.com

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Blair Cunningham

NMLS# 1962170

256.383.9204, ext. 1341

bcunningham@listerhill.com

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Katie Lewis

NMLS# 655785

256.975.8697

klewis@listerhill.com

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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 am I eligible for membership at Listerhill if I don't live near a branch?

    You can become eligible for membership at Listerhill anywhere in Alabama if you join the Alabama Consumer Council or the Athens State Alumni Association. In Tennessee, you can also become eligible for membership if you join the Athens State Alumni Association. This membership is initiated at no cost to you and doesn't require any setup on your part outside of the normal application process to become a member of Listerhill.

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  • The Great Giveback Official Rules

    1. Eligibility: No purchase or obligation necessary to participate and win. All participants must be 19 years of age or older at time of contest participation. Employees of Listerhill Credit Union are not eligible to register for the contest.

    2. How To Enter the Contest: All Listerhill members who have consumer loans in good standing, (subject to limitations below) are automatically entered. Anyone who takes out a new loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or refinances a loan from another lender with Listerhill Credit Union (subject to limitations below) will automatically be entered to win. Limit of one entry per loan.

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: To enter the contest without a loan, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Listerhill Credit Union, P.O. Box 566, Sheffield, AL 35660, Attn: Great Giveback Contest Entry. Limit one entry per person. Written entries must be received no later than July 3, 2021.

    Listerhill Credit Union will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries. All entries become property of Listerhill Credit Union and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Listerhill Credit Union in its sole discretion, and Listerhill Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with, violating, or abusing any aspect of the contest.

    3. Contest Entry Requirements: In the event the Credit Union, in its sole discretion, determines that any Entry contains content that does not comply with these Official Rules or does not otherwise comply with regulatory guidelines, Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

    4. Determining the Winner: A Credit Union employee will select at random four (4) $500 winners (one per day July 12-15) and one Grand Prize Winner from all entries received on July 16, 2021. You do not have to be present to win.

    5. Prizes: $500 Cash Prize: the Credit Union will award four (4) members with $500 cash each. Grand Prize: The Credit Union will pay up to $25,000 toward your loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or combination of loans. No loan payments will be made to loans with any other lender. No cash equivalent provided, and the total prize amount may be less depending on the outstanding amount of loan balance(s) with Listerhill Credit Union. In no event will the prize awarded exceed the total amount of the winner’s outstanding balance of qualifying loans with Listerhill Credit Union. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. IRS regulations require the Credit Union file a 1099 on behalf of the winner.

    A Credit Union employee will call the prize winners and the prize winners will be called up to five times during regular business hours at number provided on entry form and will leave no messages. Failure to reach winner during these calls may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner drawn from the drum. Winner will be required to schedule a time, at least 48 hours in advance, to visit Listerhill Credit Union, located at 4790 2nd Street, Muscle Shoals AL, 35661 in person, during regular business hours within seven (7) days of being notified to claim prizes by providing proof of eligibility for prize won and completing and signing an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release. Failure of any Winner to timely contact the Credit Union, visit the above Credit Union office in person and sign and return any required affidavit and release, or to claim a prize or comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, will result in drawing Winner's disqualification and the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner.

    6. To be eligible to win, all loans must be in good standing (not more than 30 days past due at the time of drawing. Eligible loans are limited to auto loans (no indirect dealer loans), personal loans (no loans secured by real property, such as mortgages, 2nd mortgages, and Home Equity Lines of Credit) and recreation loans made to consumer borrowers (not business or commercial loans).

    6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Contest. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner's consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of the Credit Union.