Homes Regaining Equity as Home Prices Move Higher, Time to Refinance?

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Millions of homeowners haven't been able to refinance their mortgage even though refinance rates made record lows in 2012. If you bought a home during the height of the housing bubble, it's likely you haven't been able to refinance your loan because you don't have enough equity in your home. Watching mortgage refinance rates move lower the past 4 years without being able to refinance has frustrated many homeowners whose homes are "under water." Conforming 30 year and 15 year refinance rates made a series of record lows in 2012 as many homeowners were left seething on the sidelines.

Homes Regaining Equity as Home Prices Move Higher Time to RefinanceA report released by Corelogic shows 1.7 million homes regained equity in 2012 and if home prices increase another 5 percent, an additional 1.8 million homes will regain equity. While homes are more valuable now, prices have to move much higher in order for millions of more homeowners to refinance.
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:
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APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.690
4.625
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 210-6855
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,950
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.970
4.875
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 738-5335
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $2,953
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.597
4.470
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,514.71
Fees in APR: $4,128
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HSBC Bank
HSBC Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.259
5.125
USD
HSBC Bank Logo
NMLS # 399799
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $4,204
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.706
4.625
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,502
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.597
4.490
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 407-3813
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,518.27
Fees in APR: $3,425
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.800
4.700
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,555.91
Fees in APR: $3,150
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.884
4.750
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,581
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.959
4.875
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $2,575
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from McGlone Mortgage Group
McGlone Mortgage Group
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300000
Refinance
4.770
4.750
USD
McGlone Mortgage Group Logo
NMLS # 3232
State Lic # MC-1532
(877) 475-4039
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $676
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 210-6855
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.149
5.125
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $827
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC
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300000
Refinance
4.695
4.695
USD
Commonwealth Mortgage, LLC Logo
NMLS # 1023
State Lic # MC-5814
(877) 330-6018
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,555.01
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.713
4.710
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,557.72
Fees in APR: $107
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HSBC Bank
HSBC Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.375
5.375
USD
HSBC Bank Logo
NMLS # 399799
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,679.91
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Republic Bank
Republic Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.757
4.750
USD
Republic Bank Logo
NMLS # 402606
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $233
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10447_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.875
4.875
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
5.125
5.125
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 738-5335
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from LoanLock
LoanLock
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
LoanLock Logo
NMLS # 237507
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.747
4.740
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 407-3813
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,563.13
Fees in APR: $248
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/6546_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.806
4.625
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,931
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HSBC Bank
HSBC Bank
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10500_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
5.121
4.875
USD
HSBC Bank Logo
NMLS # 399799
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $4,983
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from eRates Mortgage
eRates Mortgage
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/9139_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.629
4.500
USD
eRates Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 210-6855
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,200
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.686
4.500
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $3,140
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10262_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.578
4.460
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,512.93
Fees in APR: $804
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.535
4.365
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 407-3813
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,496.09
Fees in APR: $2,648
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.046
5.000
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
5.046%
10/18/2018
5.000%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.064
5.000
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
5.064%
10/19/2018
5.000%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.085
5.000
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
5.085%
10/16/2018
5.000%
at 0.625 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.099
5.000
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union
5.099%
10/17/2018
5.000%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.811
4.750
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.811%
10/19/2018
4.750%
at 0.375 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.865
4.750
USD
Bank of America
4.865%
10/17/2018
4.750%
at 0.881 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
5.184
5.125
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
5.184%
10/22/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union
4.683%
10/22/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
5.049
5.000
USD
Virginia Credit Union
5.049%
10/16/2018
5.000%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.907
4.875
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.907%
10/16/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
5.048
4.990
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
5.048%
10/18/2018
4.990%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,608.63
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
5.163
5.125
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
5.163%
10/16/2018
5.125%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 

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23.2 percent of all properties with a mortgage have positive equity but not the required equity of 20 percent in order to refinance. That amounts to 11.3 million home loans that can't take advantage of lower rates and refinance.

There are, however, government programs that allow a homeowner to refinance if a loan is held or guaranteed by the government.  The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) allows homeowners to refinance even if they don't have the required 20 percent equity.

HARP only helps homeowners whose mortgage is owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. There are also other requirements in this program, including that the borrower must be current on the loan and the mortgage must have been sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009.

There is another program that allows homeowners to refinance to an FHA loan with a maximum loan amount of 97.5 percent of the value of the home. The FHA Short Refinance program is designed to help homeowners refinance if their current lender agrees to participate in this refinance. The lenders are required to reduce the amount owed on your first mortgage to no more than 97.75 percent of the home's current value.

While these two programs are helpful, there are still millions of homeowners who don't quality for refinancing.  In that case, the only way they will be able to refinance is when home prices move higher. The Corelogic report breaks down LTV (loan to value) by state and there are some states that have a long way to go on higher home prices. For example, in the state of Nevada, the average LTV is 103.7 percent.

Whether or not you're in a position to refinance depends primarily on when you bought your home. If you bought during the height of the market in 2006/2007 and bought in California, Florida, or Nevada, you probably still don't have the required 80 percent LTV to refinance. The only way to find out if you qualify to refinance is to start the process of refinancing.

The only costs you'll have to pay upfront before you find out if you can refinance is the appraisal fee and possibly a mortgage application fee, depending on the lender. The appraisal fee varies by lender and state but you can expect to pay anywhere between $200 to $500.

When refinancing, the general rule is that it pays to refinance if the current refinance rate is at least 1.00 percent lower than your current mortgage rate. Another general guideline is that you should be planning on staying in the home for at least a few more years to recoup the cost of refinancing.

Refinance rates today on 30 year conforming loans can be found as low as 3.25 percent with points. 15 year refinance rates can be found as low as 2.25 percent with points. If you are refinancing, you should consider refinancing from a 30 year loan to a 15 year loan. The monthly payments are more but you'll be shocked at the amount of money you'll save in mortgage interest by refinancing to a 15 year loan. Use our mortgage calculator to see the savings.
 
Author: Brian McKay
March 21st, 2013