Home Ownership Rate Hits 20 Year Low Despite Low Mortgage Rates

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U.S. homeownership rate has just hit a 20 year low despite near record low current mortgage rates. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported the homeownership rate fell to 64.3 percent in the 4th quarter of 2014. This is the lowest level since the 3rd quarter of 1994.

The all-time high rate for homeownership was during the housing bubble when ownership hit a high of 69.4 percent in 2004. Although homeownership recently hit a 20 year low, the outlook for housing in the future is positive. A stronger economy, lower unemployment, and other contributing factors will increase the ownership rate in the coming years.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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30 yr fixed refi in 23223, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
Lender
APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.345
4.250
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union
4.345%
3/20/2019
4.250%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.321
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.321%
3/20/2019
4.250%
at 0.415 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.027
4.000
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.027%
3/22/2019
4.000%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.321
4.250
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.321%
3/22/2019
4.250%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.432
4.375
USD
Virginia Credit Union
4.432%
3/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.125 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.550
4.500
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
4.550%
3/19/2019
4.500%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
4.225
4.180
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
4.225%
3/21/2019
4.180%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,463.55
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.557
4.500
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union
4.557%
3/18/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.326
4.250
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
4.326%
3/20/2019
4.250%
at 0.875 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.280
4.250
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.280%
3/19/2019
4.250%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.432
4.375
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.432%
3/22/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.537
4.500
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
4.537%
3/19/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 

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A significant change that will promote homeownership is downpayment requirements by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Starting last week, first time homebuyers can put down as little as 3 percent whereas the prior minimum was 5 percent.

Other changes include the FHA lowering insurance premiums by 0.05 percent, which will save 2 million homeowners $900 a year. This change is also expected to entice 250,000 new homebuyers to purchase their first home within the next three years.

Freddie Mac also announced their Home Possible Mortgages, which are designed to help low and moderate income borrowers. These borrowers will have more options for low down payment mortgages. All of these changes are designed to help the housing market recover from the worst bust since the Great Depression.

Mortgage rates are expected to increase in 2015 but will still be low, historically speaking. Current 30 year mortgage rates are averaging 3.80 percent, a decline from last week's average 30 year rate of 3.85 percent. By the end of 2015, average 30 year rates are expected to be near 5.00 percent, which is still low considering the double digit rates we saw in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Mortgage rates today on 15 year conforming loans are averaging 2.98 percent, a slight increase from the prior week's average of 2.97 percent. By the end of 2015, average 15 year rates are expected to rise to 4.00 percent, which is still a historically low rate.

Average 30 year jumbo mortgage rates are at 4.29 percent, up 1 basis point from last week's average of 4.28 percent. 30 year rates on average will also be near 5.00 percent by the end of this year.

Today's 15 year jumbo rates are averaging 4.10 percent, up from the previous week's average rate of 4.07 percent. Forecasts for 15 year rates by the end of this year are around 5.00 percent.

If you're thinking about buying a home, now is probably one of the best times over the past decade. Interest rates are still low and home prices are still lower than the peak bubble prices in many areas of the United States.

If you already own a home and are thinking about refinancing, now is the time. If you can refinance to a shorter term loan such as a 15 year instead of a 30 year loan, you will save tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments.
 
Author: Brian McKay
February 4th, 2015