Home owners and home buyers across the nation are thrilled to have an opportunity to secure a mortgage rate that is the lowest rate ever offered in the US. During a year that has seen a pandemic and civil unrest, the nation also enters a time where the average lender is offering mortgage rates that are below 3%.
Lenders across the US are struggling to keep up with the Mortgage Refinance Boom. The recent Federal Reserve rate cut has motivated many homeowners that were waiting for the right time to refinance to make their move and file an application. Major lenders are doing their best to meet the need including hiring new loan underwriters, processors, and closers. Purchase application volumes have also increased to the highest level in over 11 years, which is adding to the pressure on the entire mortgage industry affecting lenders, appraisers, and title companies.
MortgageNewsDaily.com says we will need to wait and see if mortgage rates will drop back into all-time lows. The impact of the pandemic has had it’s affect on bond markets which are driving mortgage rates.
The percentage of refinance loans increased to 55% in March, with growth occurring across every type of loan. The average interest rate for 30 year fixed rate loans in March was the lowest it has been since January of 2013.
There is a multitude of information on every media outlet about the coronavirus impact on our lives and businesses. And there is a lot of misinformation included in some of what we are reading and hearing.
According to a February 12, 2020 article, written by Jann Swanson for Mortgage News Daily, “Refinancing was up for the third straight week, adding 5 percent to that index which is now 207 percent higher than on an annual basis. The share of applications that were for refinancing grew to 65.5 percent; 1 percentage point higher than the prior week.”