Hello Terry,
I recently lost my job and my husband and I decided that the best thing to do is to refinance our home which we purchased three years ago. Apparently, our home has increased its value around $80,000. We received a letter from a Mortgage company and gave them a call and information requested and we are currently reviewing the paperwork. My question to you is wether or not I should trust this company Meridian home mortgage, since it has mixed reviews, or if you have any suggestions.

Terry Says:  I don’t know the company, and typically I recommend GuaranteedRate.com — the second largest national mortgage provider.  I’ve written about the company — but have no other connection to them. I’s just a recommendation based on some good experiences.  In particular, I suggest you contact Leslie Struthers (Leslie@guaranteedrate.com).    I do see a potential problem with your refinancing.  Without your income, you might not qualify for a refinance.  AND, increasing your debt and monthly payment (even if you get a slightly lower rate) is not a real solution to your situation.  You need to meet with a budget counselor and find out how you can adjust your lifestyle in any possible way until you get a new job — or permanently if you do not plan to go back to work.  The cash you take out from a refi will go quickly, in my experience.  And then you’ll face an even larger problem!

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