Refinance Plan Proposed by Obama Administration Gains Steam as Refinance Rates Decline

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A stalled proposal to help homeowners refinance their mortgages to a lower mortgage rate is gaining steam in the Senate. Refinance rates on all types of mortgages have hit record lows recently but millions of homeowners are unable to refinance their loan either because they don't have enough equity in the home or are underwater on their mortgage, owing more than their home is worth.

Refinance mortgage rates today on 30 year conforming loans are averaging 3.52 percent and there are lenders offering 30 year conforming refinance rates well below the average. Some lenders are offering 30 year refinance rates as low as 3.25 percent with points.
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 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 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 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 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 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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Back at the height of the housing bubble in 2006, average 30 year mortgage rates were around 6.50 percent and just last year average 30 year rates were around 5.00 percent. If you bought a home between 2006 and 2011 the mortgage rate on your loan is higher than current mortgage rates but you're probably unable to refinance because the value of your home has declined since you bought it.

There may be help in the Home Affordable Refinancing Program (HARP) which would allow you to refinance your mortgage with any lender through a government program. The program would allow homeowners to compare the lowest refinance rates available and not be limited to their current lender.

 This program will also allow homeowners to refinance with a higher loan-to-value ratio than the traditional 80% LTV that most lenders adhere to these days since the new loan would be backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. The fees charged by Freddie and Fannie for refinancing would also be reduced.

Bloomberg reports that the Obama administration is urging senators to vote as early as this week on expanding the Home Affordable Refinancing Program to include the new proposals mentioned above.  Democratic leaders are also considering adding the expansion to their agenda for the two-week Senate session.

The economy would get a jolt if these proposals are enacted. Millions of homeowners would have more disposable income because of lower monthly mortgage payments. For a typical homeowner with a $200,000 mortgage and a rate of 6.50 percent, the monthly payments are $1,073.64. Refinancing $200,000 to a 30 year loan at 3.25 percent, the monthly payments would be $898.09, a savings of $175.55 per month.
 
Author: Brian McKay
September 11th, 2012