Most Homeowners Either Maintain or Reduce Mortgage Debt When Refinancing

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An interesting trend has occurred over the past several years when the typical homeowner refinances their mortgage loan. During the housing boom, the home was seen as a piggy bank to take money out of when refinancing. Millions of homeowners refinanced more than once has as their home appreciated in value. 

These days 81 percent of borrowers who refinance either maintain their existing mortgage debt or reduce the debt according to re report by Freddie Mac. I bet the driving factor behind this statistic is the decline in home values over the past several years.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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30 yr fixed refi in 06101, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
Lender
APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Internet Bank
First Internet Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.329
4.250
USD
First Internet Bank Logo
NMLS # 424182
(844) 365 - 0483
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $2,506
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Valley National Bank
Valley National Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.698
4.625
USD
Valley National Bank Logo
NMLS # 411254
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,219
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Triumph Bank Home Loans
Triumph Bank Home Loans
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300000
Refinance
4.283
4.250
USD
Triumph Bank Home Loans Logo
NMLS # 258821
(877) 387 - 0897
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $863
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.739
4.625
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 252 - 6146
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $3,651
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.328
4.250
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
(877) 365 - 2711
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $2,477
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.311
4.240
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,474.06
Fees in APR: $2,234
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
4.342
4.250
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
(877) 366 - 5354
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $2,970
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
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
4.410
4.250
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
(844) 365 - 0630
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $2,638
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.532
4.375
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $2,499
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.698
4.625
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
(877) 387 - 5344
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,241
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from AimLoan.com
AimLoan.com
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300000
Refinance
4.320
4.250
USD
AimLoan.com Logo
NMLS # 2890
State Lic # 13256
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $2,195
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Valley National Bank
Valley National Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.750
4.750
USD
Valley National Bank Logo
NMLS # 411254
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Triumph Bank Home Loans
Triumph Bank Home Loans
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300000
Refinance
4.375
4.375
USD
Triumph Bank Home Loans Logo
NMLS # 258821
(877) 387 - 0897
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from JG Wentworth Home Lending
JG Wentworth Home Lending
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10054_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.625
4.625
USD
JG Wentworth Home Lending Logo
NMLS # 2925
State Lic # 2925
(877) 388 - 2695
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.786
4.750
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
(877) 387 - 5344
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,229
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.890
4.875
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
(877) 252 - 6146
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $522
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.392
4.365
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,496.09
Fees in APR: $956
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8087_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.394
4.375
USD
ConsumerDirect Mortgage, a division of First Bank Logo
NMLS # 472433
(844) 365 - 0630
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $675
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from First Internet Bank
First Internet Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.500
4.500
USD
First Internet Bank Logo
NMLS # 424182
(844) 365 - 0483
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Capital Bank N.A.
Capital Bank N.A.
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300000
Refinance
4.500
4.500
USD
Capital Bank N.A. Logo
NMLS # 401599
State Lic # 401599
(877) 365 - 2711
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from AimLoan.com
AimLoan.com
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/1739_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.500
4.500
USD
AimLoan.com Logo
NMLS # 2890
State Lic # 13256
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.625
4.625
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better Mortgage Inc
Better Mortgage Inc
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300000
Refinance
4.297
4.250
USD
Better Mortgage Inc Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # ML-330511
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,657
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Flagstar Bank
Flagstar Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.517
4.375
USD
Flagstar Bank Logo
NMLS # 417490
(877) 387 - 5344
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,676
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8420_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.178
3.990
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,430.52
Fees in APR: $3,410
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Triumph Bank Home Loans
Triumph Bank Home Loans
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300000
Refinance
4.281
4.125
USD
Triumph Bank Home Loans Logo
NMLS # 258821
(877) 387 - 0897
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $2,238
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CIT Bank
CIT Bank
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300000
Refinance
9.491
9.125
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
(877) 366 - 5354
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $6,177
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Valley National Bank
Valley National Bank
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300000
Refinance
9.644
9.125
USD
Valley National Bank Logo
NMLS # 411254
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $10,000
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from AimLoan.com
AimLoan.com
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300000
Refinance
4.193
4.000
USD
AimLoan.com Logo
NMLS # 2890
State Lic # 13256
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $3,563
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from United Bank
United Bank
300000
Refinance
4.651
4.625
USD
United Bank
4.651%
12/18/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $911
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.655
4.625
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.655%
12/18/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,043
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Liberty Bank
Liberty Bank
300000
Refinance
4.670
4.625
USD
Liberty Bank
4.670%
12/14/2018
4.625%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $814
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.915
4.875
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.915%
12/14/2018
4.875%
at 0.125 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $998
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.829
4.750
USD
Bank of America
4.829%
12/17/2018
4.750%
at 0.460 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,351
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Savings Bank of Danbury
Savings Bank of Danbury
300000
Refinance
4.773
4.750
USD
Savings Bank of Danbury
4.773%
12/14/2018
4.750%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $790
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from UniBank for Savings
UniBank for Savings
300000
Refinance
5.162
5.125
USD
UniBank for Savings
5.162%
12/14/2018
5.125%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,633.46
Fees in APR: $500
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Guilford Savings Bank
The Guilford Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.667
4.625
USD
The Guilford Savings Bank
4.667%
12/14/2018
4.625%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $719
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.934
4.875
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.934%
12/18/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha
300000
Refinance
5.066
5.000
USD
First National Bank of Omaha
5.066%
12/13/2018
5.000%
at 0.500 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $752
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.656
4.625
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.656%
12/18/2018
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Washington Trust Company
The Washington Trust Company
300000
Refinance
4.781
4.750
USD
The Washington Trust Company
4.781%
12/18/2018
4.750%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,083
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Union Savings Bank
Union Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.900
4.875
USD
Union Savings Bank
4.900%
12/14/2018
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $852
 
 

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Homeowners are refinancing to take advantage of record low refinance rates but they probably can't take any equity out of their home since home prices are down considerably.

Homeowners who refinanced and reduced their mortgage debt probably did so to be able to refinance. Paying down principal to have the required 20 percent equity that most lenders require these days when refinancing.

With current 30 year conforming refinance rates today around 3.50 percent and today's refinance rates on 15 year conforming under 3.00 percent it makes financial sense to refinance. Just this past week average 30 year mortgage rates hit an all-time low of 3.49 percent.

Of 81 percent of borrowers who refinanced a mortgage, 59 percent maintained about the same loan amount, and 23 percent of refinancing homeowners reduced their principal balance.

If you have a current mortgage with a rate of 4.50 percent or higher on a 30 year loan or a rate of 4.00 percent or higher on a 15 year loan you should consider refinancing your loan.

There are some lenders offering current refinance rates on 30 year conforming loans as low as 3.25 percent. Mortgage rates today on 15 year conforming loans can be found as low as 2.75 percent with points.

In Freddie Mac's report the typical borrower who refinanced their mortgage reduced their mortgage rate by about 1.5 percentage points. On a $200,000 loan, that translates into saving about $2,900 in interest during the next 12 months.

You can see the benefits of refinancing to a lower refi rate. There are costs involved when refinancing but if you're planning on staying in the home for several years or longer you easily recoup the costs in mortgage interest savings.
 
Author: Brian McKay
August 6th, 2012