Academic English

"Refinancing Mortgage Loans - Script"

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on refinancing mortgage loans and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

For many homeowners, refinancing their home mortgages can provide numerous financial benefits over the long run.

For one, you can lower your monthly mortgage payments by taking advantage of lower interest rates. This amount can be significant depending on the market rates.

Second, refinancing your mortgage can provide you with additional funds to finance other home improvements, like repairing that leaky roof, adding a garage, or building an addition on to your home.

Furthermore, by refinancing, you can greatly reduce the length of your loan. After several years into your mortgage, people often earn more money than when they first purchased their home, and thus, have a surplus to pay their off loans quicker.

However, for some people, refinancing their mortgages just makes sense, providing a cushion in case of a financial crisis due to loss of employment or a medical crisis.

Whatever you do, be sure to gather all the facts about refinancing to make the best, informed decision that will meet your current and future needs.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • refinance (verb): provide money again to take care of financial dealings 
    - My father wants to refinance his home to save money in the long run.
  • mortgage (noun): an agreement allowing you to borrow money from a bank to buy a house 
    - I really want to pay off our mortgage within the next ten years.
  • funds (noun): assets in the form of money 
    - Raising sufficient funds for a down payment for a house sometimes takes time.
  • surplus (noun): more than is needed
    - He is only a junior, so he has another year to graduate.