Low Mortgage Rates Increase Refinance Activity

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Extremely low refinance rates are fueling refinance demand as homeowners take advantage of rates that are better than expected. In Freddie Mac's First Quarter of 2015 Refinance Report, refinance loans accounted for 63 percent of all single family home loan originations.

Mortgage rates are still low, historically speaking, though rates increased this past week. Today's mortgage rates on 30 year loans are averaging 3.87 percent, up from the prior week's average 30 year rate of 3.78 percent. Despite the increase, 30 year mortgage rates are still only 0.50 percent higher than the all-time record low of 3.35 percent set in May 2013.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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30 yr fixed refi in 95816, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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APR
Rate
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from LOWRATES.COM
LOWRATES.COM
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300000
Refinance
3.846
3.750
USD
LOWRATES.COM Logo
NMLS # 3277
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,389.35
Fees in APR: $3,191
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.070
4.000
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 223 - 8087
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $2,209
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
3.798
3.710
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,382.55
Fees in APR: $2,910
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Midwest Bank
First Midwest Bank
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300000
Refinance
3.848
3.750
USD
First Midwest Bank Logo
NMLS # 423112
at 0.625 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,389.35
Fees in APR: $1,685
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
3.951
3.865
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # 603K498
(877) 388 - 7982
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,409.00
Fees in APR: $2,819
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from LOWRATES.COM
LOWRATES.COM
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300000
Refinance
3.990
3.990
USD
LOWRATES.COM Logo
NMLS # 3277
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,430.52
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.255
4.250
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 223 - 8087
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $181
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Midwest Bank
First Midwest Bank
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300000
Refinance
3.875
3.875
USD
First Midwest Bank Logo
NMLS # 423112
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
3.864
3.835
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,403.86
Fees in APR: $1,049
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better.com
Better.com
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300000
Refinance
4.000
4.000
USD
Better.com Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # 6052748
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Prime Choice Funding Inc.
Prime Choice Funding Inc.
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300000
Refinance
3.896
3.875
USD
Prime Choice Funding Inc. Logo
NMLS # 117375
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $773
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.017
3.990
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # 603K498
(877) 388 - 7982
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,430.52
Fees in APR: $983
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Midwest Bank
First Midwest Bank
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300000
Refinance
3.727
3.625
USD
First Midwest Bank Logo
NMLS # 423112
at 1.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,368.15
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sol Mortgage
Sol Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
3.787
3.585
USD
Sol Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 53112
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,361.41
Fees in APR: $4,072
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better.com
Better.com
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300000
Refinance
3.789
3.625
USD
Better.com Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # 6052748
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,368.15
Fees in APR: $2,668
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
3.800
3.615
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # 603K498
(877) 388 - 7982
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,366.47
Fees in APR: $3,452
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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%
5/22/2019
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 LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.030
4.000
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.030%
5/21/2019
4.000%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of the West
Bank of the West
300000
Refinance
4.544
4.500
USD
Bank of the West
4.544%
5/21/2019
4.500%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $793
 
 
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%
5/21/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Union Bank
Union Bank
300000
Refinance
4.397
4.375
USD
Union Bank
4.397%
5/23/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
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%
5/20/2019
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 First Tech Credit Union
First Tech Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.025
4.000
USD
First Tech Credit Union
4.025%
5/22/2019
4.000%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $898
 
 
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%
5/20/2019
3.875%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $105
 
 

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Higher home prices the past several years has increased cash-out refinances. Approximately 27 percent of borrowers increased their loan amount when refinancing. Borrowers either cashed out some equity or consolidated loans when refinancing.

During the height of the housing bubble when the home was treated as a piggy bank, 89 percent of borrowers increased their loan amount when refinancing. Even if home prices continue to rise, the percentage of borrowers doing a cash-out refinancing will never be that high again as a result of more stringent loan requirements.

34 percent of borrowers who refinanced in the first quarter refinanced to a shorter loan term. Refinancing to a 15 year loan from a 30 year loan can save tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars with a shorter term loan.

34 percent shortened loan term when refinancing

Mortgage rates today on 15 year conforming loans are averaging 3.01 percent, 86 basis points lower than conforming 30 year rates. If you can afford the higher monthly mortgage payments that come with a shorter term loan, you should seriously consider it for the savings. Unfortunately, many people assume they can't afford the higher monthly payments without actually looking into the numbers to see if it is feasible or worth some belt-tightening adjustments.

The average mortgage interest rate reduction on refinances in the first quarter was 1.2 percent. That translates into an annual savings of about $5,000 in mortgage interest on a $400,000 home loan.

An overwhelming majority of borrowers chose a fixed-rate mortgage when refinancing. More than 95 percent of borrowers choose a fixed-rate mortgage regardless of what their original loan had been. 76 percent of borrowers who had an adjustable loan refinanced into a fixed-rate loan.

Freddie Mac estimates that borrowers who refinanced in the first quarter of 2015 will collectively saved more than $1.4 billion in interest payments over the first year of their new loan.

By the end of 2015, 30 year refinance rates will likely be between 4.50 percent and 5.00 percent. Rates will also continue to increase in 2016 and beyond. If you're considering refinancing your loan, now is the time to do so. Likewise if you're thinking financing the purchase of a home, you should do so before rates move higher.

Not only are mortgage rates moving higher in the coming years, home prices will also continue to rise. The increase in home prices has accelerated recently because of the shortage of homes available for sale. Realtor.com reported home prices are going up faster than they were just a few months ago.

With rates and home prices continuing to increase, now is the time to look closely into your refinancing and purchasing options.
 
Author: Brian McKay
May 2nd, 2015