Low Mortgage Rates and Low Home Inventory Cause Biggest Home Price Gains Since 2006

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Thanks to low mortgage rates and a low inventory of homes available for sale, the housing market is continuing its strong comeback from the biggest bust since the Great Depression. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for the 20-City Composite showed average home prices increased 8.1% in the 12 months ending in January 2013. This is the largest year over year gain since the height of the housing bubble back in 2006.

Low Mortgage Rates and Low Home Inventory Cause Biggest Home Price Gains Since 2006The increase in home prices varied in different cities. The largest increase was in Phoenix, AZ, with a gain of 23.2 percent. The smallest gain year over year was in New York, where the average price increase was only 0.6 percent. The lowest current mortgage rates in a generation along with an economy that is finally gaining traction is bringing buyers back into the market.
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Purchase    Refinance
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30 yr fixed refi in 95816, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
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300000
Refinance
4.259
4.125
USD
Optimum First Mortgage Inc. Logo
NMLS # 240415
State Lic # 01525044
(844) 365 - 0454
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $4,459
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Agora Lending
Agora Lending
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300000
Refinance
3.713
3.625
USD
Agora Lending Logo
NMLS # 1121650
State Lic # 6054815
(877) 387 - 3530
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,368.15
Fees in APR: $2,947
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
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300000
Refinance
4.525
4.500
USD
Optimum First Mortgage Inc. Logo
NMLS # 240415
State Lic # 01525044
(844) 365 - 0454
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $889
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Agora Lending
Agora Lending
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300000
Refinance
3.783
3.750
USD
Agora Lending Logo
NMLS # 1121650
State Lic # 6054815
(877) 387 - 3530
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,389.35
Fees in APR: $1,219
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better Mortgage Inc
Better Mortgage Inc
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300000
Refinance
3.894
3.875
USD
Better Mortgage Inc Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # 6052748
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $700
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from NationsChoice Mortgage
NationsChoice Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.167
4.125
USD
NationsChoice Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 164626
State Lic # 4130556
(877) 388 - 3956
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $1,495
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better Mortgage Inc
Better Mortgage Inc
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300000
Refinance
3.689
3.500
USD
Better Mortgage Inc Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # 6052748
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,347.13
Fees in APR: $3,643
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
Optimum First Mortgage Inc.
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300000
Refinance
4.078
3.875
USD
Optimum First Mortgage Inc. Logo
NMLS # 240415
State Lic # 01525044
(844) 365 - 0454
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $3,976
 
 
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 San Diego County Credit Union
San Diego County Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.304
4.250
USD
San Diego County Credit Union
4.304%
3/20/2019
4.250%
at 0.500 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $434
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from First Tech Credit Union
First Tech Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.275
4.250
USD
First Tech Credit Union
4.275%
3/20/2019
4.250%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $898
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.412
4.375
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
4.412%
3/26/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Union Bank
Union Bank
300000
Refinance
4.522
4.500
USD
Union Bank
4.522%
3/20/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $771
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Schools First FCU
Schools First FCU
300000
Refinance
4.278
4.250
USD
Schools First FCU
4.278%
3/25/2019
4.250%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $995
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Star One Credit Union
Star One Credit Union
300000
Refinance
3.878
3.875
USD
Star One Credit Union
3.878%
3/25/2019
3.875%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $105
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of the West
Bank of the West
300000
Refinance
4.419
4.375
USD
Bank of the West
4.419%
3/26/2019
4.375%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $793
 
 

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Home prices are projected to continue to move higher in the coming years but current prices are still down around 30 percent from the peak of June/July of 2006. CoreLogic predicts home prices will increase 6 percent in 2013 after increasing 7.5 percent in 2012. New home starts are also increasing as home builders are optimistic again about the future.

The Federal Reserve is continuing to do its part to help the housing market recover by suppressing mortgage rates. The Federal Reserve has been buying long term Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities to drive mortgage rates down. Many analysts believed the Fed would slow or stop their purchases since the economy and housing is gaining momentum.

In the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the committee decided to continue purchasing $40 billion a month in mortgage backed securities and $45 billion a month in long term Treasuries. Mortgage refinance rates are projected to increase from current levels but the Fed's actions will keep a lid on the increase in rates.

Mortgage rates today on 30 year conforming loans are averaging 3.70 percent, up from the prior week's average 30 year mortgage rate of 3.66 percent. 30 year mortgage interest rates will probably remain in a range of 3.50 percent to 4.00 percent in 2013. There are lenders quoting 30 year conforming refinance rates today well below the average of 3.70 percent.

The lowest 30 year refinance rates in our database of lender rates are at 3.25 percent with 2 mortgage discount points. The lowest 30 year conforming refinancing rates without points are around 3.50 percent. These advertised rates are for borrowers who have a credit score of 680 or higher.
 
Author: Brian McKay
March 26th, 2013