Mortgage Rate Lock Expiring Because You Can’t Find a Home to Buy?

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Mortgage Rate Lock Expiring Because You Can't Find a Home to BuyThe first step to take when buying a home is to apply for a mortgage loan. The next step would ideally be to lock in a mortgage rate, especially these days since mortgage rates are so low and on the rise. Most lenders will give you a 30 day to 45 day lock period on a rate so you have time to find the right home and still get the rate you were quoted.

Since single family home prices are significantly lower than the highs during the housing bubble, now is a good time to buy a home but you may not be able to find the home you're looking for right away. The inventory of homes available for sale is low and demand is the highest it has been in years. This perfect storm is forcing home prices higher across the country.
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 mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.557
4.500
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union
4.557%
2/18/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.545
4.500
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
4.545%
2/13/2019
4.500%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
4.304
4.250
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
4.304%
2/14/2019
4.250%
at 0.353 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.683%
2/19/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.406
4.375
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.406%
2/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.662
4.625
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
4.662%
2/19/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.326
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.326%
2/13/2019
4.250%
at 0.472 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.596
4.500
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union
4.596%
2/13/2019
4.500%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.686
4.625
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
4.686%
2/19/2019
4.625%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.465
4.375
USD
Virginia Credit Union
4.465%
2/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.665
4.625
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.665%
2/15/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 

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The Federal Reserve Board's Beige Book of Current Economic Conditions showed that in most of the 12 Federal Reserve's Districts, low home inventory and bidding wars are driving home prices higher. Other housing reports released over the past couple of months show housing prices increasing in the low double digits the past 12 months. This signifies the highest rate increases since the housing bubble.

Despite these facts on the current housing market, you should still find out how much of a loan you can quality for and lock in a rate. Getting a lender's commitment letter can help you in an instance when you are not the only bidder on a home. Granted, the lock might expire but lenders usually allow you to pay a fee to extend the lock.

Whether or not you want to extend a lock depends on the rate you locked in and where mortgage rates are today. You should weigh the cost of reapplying for a loan versus the cost of extending a rate lock. Since the beginning of 2013, mortgage rates have risen from record lows set in late 2012 and they've fallen again the past month.

For 30 year mortgage rates, the low point in 2013 was 3.35 percent and the high point was 3.63 percent (Freddie Mac's average 30 year rates). Chances are the rate you locked in falls within the averages, which may make extending the lock the best course of action.
 
Author: Brian McKay
May 21st, 2013