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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
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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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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

4790 East Second Street, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

256.383.9204, ext. 1222

saldridge@listerhill.com

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Casey Neill

NMLS# 207237

1623 Hatcher Lane, Columbia, TN 38401

256.383.9204, ext. 3813

cneill@listerhill.com

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Vicki Wilson

NMLS# 198718

4790 East Second Street, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

256.383.9204, ext. 1386

vwilson@listerhill.com

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Ashley Robinson

NMLS# 1816083

1812 Woodward Ave, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

256.383.9204, ext. 2941

arobinson@listerhill.com

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Blair Cunningham

NMLS# 1962170

4790 2nd St, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

256.383.9204, ext. 3940

bcunningham@listerhill.com

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Katie Lewis

NMLS# 655785

22223 US HWY 72 Athens, AL 35613

256.383.9204, ext. 1397

klewis@listerhill.com

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Nortricia Starnes

NMLS# 534384

1850 Cherokee Avenue Southwest, Cullman, AL 35055

256.383.9204, ext. 2825

nstarnes@listerhill.com

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Karri Cummings

NMLS# 1701666

13400 Highway 43, Russellville, AL 35653

256.383.9204, ext. 2321

kcummings@listerhill.com

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Refinancing Mortgage Resources
Mortgage Payoff Calculator

This calculator will help you determine how quickly you can pay off your loan by making additional principal payments

Refinancing Calculator

This calculator will help you determine how much you’ll save in interest by refinancing your mortgage.

Additional Questions?

Listerhill has 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 connect my additional Listerhill account(s) in Online Banking?

    In order to add an additional Listerhill account in Online Banking, please:

    1. Log in to Online Banking through our website.
    2. Click the Accounts tab at the top.
    3. Click “Connect An Account”
    4. To add a Listerhill Account, click “Listerhill Credit Union Account”.
    5. Enter the appropriate information on this screen and select the appropriate account type.
      1. Account Number.
      2. Nickname the Account.
      3. Select the Account Type.
        1. Share Draft – Checking
        2. Share – Savings
        3. Share Certificate – CD
        4. IRA
        5. Line of Credit
        6. Loan
        7. Credit Card
      4. Check the box for Bill Pay if desired.

    Once finished, the new account will be added by the next business day.

  • How do I connect my credit card(s) in Online Banking?

    In order to add a new credit card in Online Banking, please:

    1. Log in to Online Banking through our website.
    2. Click the Accounts tab at the top.
    3. Click “Connect An Account”
    4. To add a credit card, click “Listerhill Credit Union Account”.
    5. Enter the appropriate information on the screen and select the appropriate account type.
      1. Account Number.
      2. Nickname the Account.
      3. Select the Account Type.
        1. Share Draft – Checking
        2. Share – Savings
        3. Share Certificate – CD
        4. IRA
        5. Line of Credit
        6. Loan
        7. Credit Card
      4. Check the Box for Bill Pay if desired.

    Once finished, the new card will be added by the next business day.

  • What if I had merchandise points?

    Cashbackmall will be available for redemption on 9/1/22 for cards converting to cash back rewards from merchandise points.

  • Who is eligible for Cash Back Rewards?

    Cash Back Rewards are available for Listerhill Signature Credit Cards. Signature credit cards require a limit of $5,000 or greater.

  • How much do I get back in Cash Rewards?

    Cash Back Rewards are calculated at 2% on purchases. Cash Advances and Balance Transfers do not earn Cash Back Rewards.