Whether you are trying to save on your current mortgage payments or freeing up cash for other endeavours, refinancing can be an effective way to achieve your financial goals. It can help fund a large purchase, or provide an investment back in the home to increase market value.

“Some homeowners may not realize that mortgage rates are still near record lows, which is great if you’re looking to unlock some of the equity you’ve built in your home,” says personal finance expert Barry Choi. “It’s worth speaking to a PC Financial mortgage specialist to find out what options are available to you and best fit your needs, but remember not to overextend yourself.”

Here are some reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage:

1. Sending your kids to university. With tuition prices at an all-time high, refinancing can help provide the funds necessary to invest in your child’s education.

2. Lower monthly payments. If you purchased your home when interest rates were high, switching to a mortgage with a lower rate can help to reduce your monthly payments. A PC Financial mortgage has some of the lowest rates and offers rewards through PC Points that can be redeemed for groceries.

3. Major home renovations: Refinancing is a good way to re-invest in your house. Renovating and modernizing can drastically increase your home’s market value, allowing you to increase your profits if you choose to sell later on.

4. Buying a second property. If you have been saving up for a cottage or second home, refinancing can help provide the extra funds necessary to finalize your down payment.