Low Mortgage Rates Make 2012 Record Year for Home Affordability

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2012 will go down as the year that homes were the most affordable ever according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Home Affordability Index. For those who can actually get a mortgage loan, record low mortgage rates and declines in home prices over the past several years have made homes more affordable than ever.

The NAR's National Housing Affordability Index was at 198.2 in November 2012 and the NAR predicts the index average for the 2012 year will be at 194 - a record high. The index is based on the relationship between median home price, median family income, and average mortgage interest rates. The higher the index number, the greater the household purchasing power for consumers.
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Unfortunately, very tight lending restrictions by lenders is preventing many consumers from getting a loan and is hampering the housing recovery. For consumers who can get a mortgage loan, 30 year mortgage rates today can be found as low as 2.875 percent with points. Current mortgage rates on 15 year conforming loans can be found as low as 2.25 percent with points.

The NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun said:
Although 2012 was highest on record, the excessively tight underwriting precluded many would-be home buyers from locking-in generational low interest rates. Rising home prices and a gradual uptrend in mortgage interest rates will offset improvements in family income, but 2013 likely will be the third best on record in terms of household buying power. A window of opportunity remains open for buyers who can qualify for a mortgage.

Today's mortgage rates, even at record lows, will move even lower in the beginning of 2013 but will probably head higher later in the year. Higher home prices expected in 2013 will cause the home affordability index to decline, meaning that homes are expected to be less affordable in 2013 then they were in 2012. The NAR projects the housing affordability index to average 160 during 2013.

If you're in a position to buy a home and have been waiting on the sidelines for home prices to drop further or mortgage rates to drop lower, you should take the leap and buy a home. Home prices have been increasing for the past 15 months are expected to move higher.

If you have been thinking about refinancing your current mortgage loan, you should do it now because refinance rates are expected to increase in the second half of 2013. This is true for both fixed mortgage rates and adjustable mortgage rates on both conforming and jumbo mortgage loans.
 
Author: Brian McKay
January 13th, 2013