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 23223, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
Lender
APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10271_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10262_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10500_logo.gif
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.
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8589_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8420_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10447_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/6546_logo.gif
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.
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8589_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/9139_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/6546_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/5071_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10262_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10500_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/2248_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10447_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10271_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/9948_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8420_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/6546_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10500_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/9139_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10026_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/10262_logo.gif
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
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/8420_logo.gif
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 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 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
 
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
 
 

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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