As Refinancing Declines, Cash-In Refi's Rise

Think it's tough to qualify for refinancing your existing mortgage? So does Richard Shin, a Queens attorney with good credit and great income who was turned down by his original lender when he wanted to refinance his 30-year-fixed rate mortgage on his single family brick home to a 15-year-mortgage with a lower interest rate. Due to tighter lender restrictions, he didn't qualify until he found a lender who let him bring cash to the table