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 Lending.com
Lending.com
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300000
Refinance
4.190
4.125
USD
Lending.com Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 387 - 4811
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $2,036
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from E-Click Lending
E-Click Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.981
4.750
USD
E-Click Lending Logo
NMLS # 227765
State Lic # MC-5920
(877) 387 - 3899
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $4,835
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.092
3.990
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 388 - 9671
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,430.52
Fees in APR: $3,374
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Lending.com
Lending.com
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300000
Refinance
4.262
4.250
USD
Lending.com Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 387 - 4811
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $443
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from E-Click Lending
E-Click Lending
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300000
Refinance
5.054
5.000
USD
E-Click Lending Logo
NMLS # 227765
State Lic # MC-5920
(877) 387 - 3899
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,610.46
Fees in APR: $1,825
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from JG Wentworth Home Lending
JG Wentworth Home Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.375
4.375
USD
JG Wentworth Home Lending Logo
NMLS # 2925
State Lic # MC-1875
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.253
4.240
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 388 - 9671
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,474.06
Fees in APR: $479
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Citibank, N. A.
Citibank, N. A.
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300000
Refinance
4.672
4.625
USD
Citibank, N. A. Logo
NMLS # 412915
(877) 387 - 1820
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,635
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from E-Click Lending
E-Click Lending
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300000
Refinance
4.795
4.375
USD
E-Click Lending Logo
NMLS # 227765
State Lic # MC-5920
(877) 387 - 3899
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $8,349
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Lending.com
Lending.com
https://www.brimg.net/system/img/inst/9139_logo.gif
300000
Refinance
4.030
3.875
USD
Lending.com Logo
NMLS # 1071
State Lic # MC-1772
(877) 387 - 4811
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,410.71
Fees in APR: $2,288
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.021
3.865
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # MC-1825
(877) 388 - 9671
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,409.00
Fees in APR: $2,327
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
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 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 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
 
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
 
 

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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