Today’s Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows and Reasonible Lending Standards Would Raise Home Sales

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Today's mortgage rates just above record lows combined with reasonable lending standards would raise home sales by 500,000 to 700,000 additional homes in the coming year. The National Association of Realtors just released an interesting survey showing home sales could be significantly higher if lenders returned to reasonably safe and sound lending standards.

The Federal Reserve is doing their part to help the housing market by buying mortgage backed-securities and long term Treasuries to drive mortgage rates down to record lows. Current mortgage rates on 30 year conforming loans are around 3.50 percent. Mortgage rates today on 15 year conventional loans are just above record lows at 2.93 percent. Jumbo mortgage rates on 30 year and 15 year jumbo loans are also just above record lows.
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:
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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 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
 
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
 
 

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The National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said if mortgage lending standards return to normal there would be tremendous benefits to the U.S. economy. There would be additional sales of 500,000 to 700,000 homes in the coming year which would add 250,000 to 350,000 jobs in related housing trades and services.

Realtors are concerned over unreasonably tight credit conditions for residential mortgages and lenders taking too long to approve mortgage applications. Lenders are requiring excessive information from borrowers and are only focusing on mortgage loans for borrowers with the highest credit scores.

Back during the housing boom lenders were offering loans without requiring borrowers to provide any information, these "no-doc" loans were handed out without concern whether or not the borrower would actually pay the loan. Since the housing bust lending standards were tightened and remain unreasonably tight.

Home prices over corrected on the down side but housing market conditions have turned the corner, prices have stablized and have gone higher in many areas of the country. Lawrence Yun said “there is an unnecessarily high level of risk aversion among mortgage lenders and regulators, although many are sitting on large volumes of cash which could go a long way toward speeding our economic recovery.  A loosening of the overly restrictive lending standards is very much in order.”

In a National Association of Realtors survey 53 percent of loans in August went to borrowers with credit scores above 740.  When you compare that number during the 2001 to 2004 time period only 41 percent of loans backed by Fannie Mae had FICO scores above 740 and 43 percent of Freddie Mac-backed loans were above 740.

Last year about 75 percent of total loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had credit scores of 740 or above. Freddie and Fannie don't make loans, they buy loans from lenders who make loans. So you can see from this number the majority, 75 percent, of loans these days are made to borrowers who have a credit score of 740 or above.

Homeowners defaulting on loans which peaked in 2007  at 3.0 percent for Fannie Mae loans and 2.5 percent for Freddie Mac loans. Back in 2002 and 2003 the 12 month default rate averaged 0.4 percent of mortgages, a normal percentage. Since 2009 the Fannie Mae default rates have averaged 0.2 percent while Freddie Mac’s averaged 0.1 percent, higher than the historical norm and surprisingly low since the unemployment rate has been very high the past couple of years.

Existing home sales under normal conditions, should be in the range of 5.0 to 5.5 million.  Lawrence Yun said “Sales this year are projected to rise 8 to 10 percent.  Although welcoming, this still represents a sub-par performance of about 4.6 million sales.

When lenders relax lending standards will probably depend on when the economy picks up steam and the unemployment rate moves lower. Mortgage rates and refinance rates can only go so low to help stimulate demand for housing, lenders have to start losing over stringent standards which would also help lower foreclosures and short sales because housing prices would rise further.
 
Author: Brian McKay
September 18th, 2012