Looking to refinance? Now may be the best timeFor years, millions of Americans have been prevented from undertaking a mortgage refinance because their home loans were "under water," "upside down" and in "negative equity." Those three terms all mean the same thing: the value of the home on which a loan is secured is lower than the amount owed on that loan.
Refinancing now possible for millions more
However, as house prices rapidly rise, that situation is changing quickly. Reports have revealed that the number of "underwater" loans plummeted by 41 percent during the 12 months ending March 2013. That means that literally millions of homeowners can now, for the first time in years, once again seek out the best home refinance deals.And, if current house-price trends continue, millions more should soon be following them. On May 7, CoreLogic, a company that tracks and analyzes the residential property market, announced the latest figures for its monthly Home Price Index. In March 2013, average prices nationwide were a whopping 10.5 percent higher than they were at the same point in 2012. That was the 13th consecutive monthly rise, and the highest year-over-year increase since March 2006.Of course, it has been possible for some time for certain borrowers with negative equity to refinance using the government's Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced in April its intention to extend that program beyond its planned expiration at the end of this year until December. 31, 2015. Many however, may find that they can get better deals when their home loans stop being under water.
Refinancing can have its payoff
If your home has only recently broken out of negative equity, you have probably endured years of frustration as your neighbors and friends have cashed in on much lower mortgage rates. If only you could have accessed the same lower monthly mortgage payments, your household budget would have been transformed. But it might be that you could still have even better luck. Current mortgage rates are still extraordinarily low. Indeed, you could end up with a lower rate than those in your circle who refinanced earlier. According to HSH.com's Mortgage Rates Radar, as of May 14, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.61 percent with an average 0.8 point. That is just a bit higher than the all-time record low of 3.31 percent set in November 2012.
Time for you to act?
Whether you've until recently been prevented from refinancing by an under-water home loan, or whether you have simply not gotten around to taking the plunge, these rates -- together with the general positivity in the housing market and wider economy -- should be a real spur to action. Perhaps the first thing you should do is use one of Majestic Home Loan's mortgage calculators to explore the amount you could potentially save. After seeing your savings, call Majestic Home Loan at 1-877-546-2451, and talk to one of our licensed loan officers. Help us make your home Majestic.