Low Mortgage Rates Continue to Lift the Housing Market

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Near-record low mortgage rates are helping the housing market by boosting buyer's purchasing power. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications for home purchases are up 20 percent compared to last year. With average 30 year conforming mortgage rates at 3.63 percent this week, it's no surprise that home buyers are taking advantage of low rates.

30 year mortgage rates are 3 basis points higher than last week's average rate but only 36 basis points from the all-time average low set in early 2013. Realtor.com reported a record number of searches for homes on their website with 2 percent fewer homes available compared to last year.

Homes are also selling at a faster clip this month when compared to sales in March. Nationwide, the median number of days homes were on the market dropped 14 days in the first two weeks of April, compared to the first two weeks of March.

Employment growth is another factor helping spur home sales in 2016. The nation's unemployment rate is at 5.00 percent and is forecast to dropped further in 2016. The Federal Open Market Committee's Summary of Economic Projections has forecast the unemployment rate to drop to 4.7 percent in 2016.

All of these factors point to a banner year for the housing market in 2016. If you're thinking about buying a home, now is one of the best times to do so. Home prices are expected to increase in 2016 and mortgage rates are also expected to move higher. As mortgage rates and home prices move higher, you will be able to afford less home than you could now.

Average 30 year mortgage rates are at 3.63 percent but there are many lenders quoting 30 year rates well below the average. The lowest 30 year rate quoted in our rate database is at 3.25 percent with 2 mortgage points and at 3.50 percent with no points.

The lowest 30 year jumbo mortgage rate in our database is even lower than the lowest 30 year conforming rate. Right now, we have one lender quoting 30 year jumbo rates at 3.125 percent with 2 mortgage points. The lowest 30 year jumbo rate without points is also at 3.50 percent.




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 Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.356
4.125
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $5,141
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.306
4.250
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,995
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.246
3.875
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $7,084
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.493
4.375
USD
Bank of America
4.493%
8/15/2018
4.375%
at 0.946 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Fidelity Bank
The Fidelity Bank
300000
Refinance
4.900
4.875
USD
The Fidelity Bank
4.900%
8/17/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $863
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Langley FCU
Langley FCU
300000
Refinance
4.889
4.875
USD
Langley FCU
4.889%
8/17/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $495
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.528
4.500
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.528%
8/17/2018
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.790
4.750
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
4.790%
8/14/2018
4.750%
at 0.125 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.687
4.625
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.687%
8/17/2018
4.625%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.771
4.625
USD
Virginia Credit Union
4.771%
8/14/2018
4.625%
at 1.125 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 

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The rates above were collected by Bankrate.com on the dates specified. Rates are subject to change without notice and may vary from branch to branch. Rate/APR and terms may vary based on the creditworthiness of the individual and the extent to which the loan differs from the one used for Bankrate.com quotes. For criteria used in surveys of rates above, click here. These quotes are from banks, thrifts, and brokers, some of whom have paid for a link to their own Web site, where you can find additional information.





 
Author: Brian McKay
April 20th, 2016