Homeowners Could Save Thousands by Refinancing their Mortgages – Wire Real Estate

Homeowners Could Save Thousands by Refinancing their Mortgages




Sep 30, 2020

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Sep 30, 2020 2:12 PM ET

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Mortgage rates are holding steady near historic lows1, and homeowners who haven’t refinanced could be tossing thousands of dollars out the window.

The monthly mortgage payment on the typical U.S. home, worth $256,663 in August, would be $951 before taxes or insurance with a 3.75% mortgage rate, near where rates were a year ago. But with a 3.02% rate2, that monthly payment drops to $868, which adds up to nearly $1,000 per year in savings. Over the lifetime of a 30-year loan on that same home, the difference between a 3.75% rate and a 3.02% rate comes out to $29,880.

As the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the U.S. economy, one effect has been persistently low interest rates. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to near 0% in March to help bolster the national economy and shows no sign of raising them. As a result, mortgage rates, which generally follow bond yields, have lingered near historic lows.

“Choosing whether to refinance your mortgage is ultimately a personal choice, but recent moves in mortgage rates have probably made that decision a whole lot easier for those who qualify,” said Zillow economist Matthew Speakman. “Mortgage rate declines have allowed many to lower their monthly mortgage payment or tap into the equity they’ve built in their home by refinancing their loan – offering some financial stability to many in a time of great economic uncertainty. With rates poised to stay relatively low for the immediate future, for many – including those paying mortgage insurance – a refi could remain a worthwhile endeavor.”

Refinancing does come with additional fees that can range from 2% to 6% of the loan’s principal3, so homeowners who are planning to move within the next couple years may not save enough on a monthly basis to offset those fees.

Since mortgage payments are based on the price of the home loan, homeowners in pricier markets could see savings of hundreds of dollars each month by refinancing to a lower mortgage rate. In the San Francisco and San Jose metros, where the typical home is worth more than $1 million, the monthly savings from a 3.02% rate instead of a 3.75% rate is more than $350.

Homeowners with smaller loans may not benefit as much from the current low rates unless their current rate is significantly higher. For example, in Memphis, Tenn. and Oklahoma City, the difference in monthly mortgage payments on the typical home with a 3.75% mortgage rate and 3.02% mortgage rate is only $53. Homeowners who are interested in their potential savings from refinancing their mortgage can talk to their lender or use Zillow’s refinance calculator to see what they could save.

Homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages currently make up about 63% of mortgage activity, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association4. Refinancing soon could save borrowers more money than if they wait to refinance. Beginning in December, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are planning to charge an “adverse market fee” on most refinanced mortgages they purchase, which the Mortgage Bankers Association estimates will cost about $1,400 on the typical loan5.

Home buyers are currently facing low inventory and climbing prices. As low interest rates keep their monthly payments more affordable, they may be able to stretch their dollar further, giving them more options. Zillow’s affordability calculator can help buyers understand how much purchasing power they have based on their income, down payment and mortgage rate.

Metro Area

Typical
Home
Value in
August

Monthly
Payment
with a 3.75% 
Rate*

Monthly
Payment
with a 3.02%
Rate

Annual
Payment
with a
3.75% Rate

Annual
Payment
with a 3.02%
Rate

United States

$256,663

$951

$868

$11,412

$10,416

New York, NY

$493,579

$1,829

$1,669

$21,948

$20,028

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$706,714

$2,618

$2,390

$31,416

$28,680

Chicago, IL

$246,357

$913

$833

$10,956

$9,996

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$261,739

$970

$885

$11,640

$10,620

Philadelphia, PA

$262,437

$972

$887

$11,664

$10,644

Houston, TX

$222,936

$826

$754

$9,912

$9,048

Washington, DC

$452,030

$1,675

$1,529

$20,100

$18,348

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$310,471

$1,150

$1,050

$13,800

$12,600

Atlanta, GA

$251,454

$932

$850

$11,184

$10,200

Boston, MA

$514,321

$1,906

$1,739

$22,872

$20,868

San Francisco, CA

$1,127,066

$4,176

$3,811

$50,112

$45,732

Detroit, MI

$188,420

$698

$637

$8,376

$7,644

Riverside, CA

$400,664

$1,484

$1,355

$17,808

$16,260

Phoenix, AZ

$312,317

$1,157

$1,056

$13,884

$12,672

Seattle, WA

$559,226

$2,072

$1,891

$24,864

$22,692

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$305,202

$1,131

$1,032

$13,572

$12,384

San Diego, CA

$643,903

$2,386

$2,177

$28,632

$26,124

St. Louis, MO

$187,795

$696

$635

$8,352

$7,620

Tampa, FL

$242,924

$900

$821

$10,800

$9,852

Baltimore, MD

$302,464

$1,121

$1,023

$13,452

$12,276

Denver, CO

$458,600

$1,699

$1,551

$20,388

$18,612

Pittsburgh, PA

$167,172

$619

$565

$7,428

$6,780

Portland, OR

$429,608

$1,592

$1,453

$19,104

$17,436

Charlotte, NC

$249,960

$926

$845

$11,112

$10,140

Sacramento, CA

$444,733

$1,648

$1,504

$19,776

$18,048

San Antonio, TX

$211,964

$785

$717

$9,420

$8,604

Orlando, FL

$266,005

$986

$899

$11,832

$10,788

Cincinnati, OH

$197,135

$730

$667

$8,760

$8,004

Cleveland, OH

$168,298

$624

$569

$7,488

$6,828

Kansas City, MO

$214,639

$795

$726

$9,540

$8,712

Las Vegas, NV

$302,071

$1,119

$1,021

$13,428

$12,252

Columbus, OH

$222,467

$824

$752

$9,888

$9,024

Indianapolis, IN

$192,677

$714

$652

$8,568

$7,824

San Jose, CA

$1,224,366

$4,536

$4,140

$54,432

$49,680

Austin, TX

$357,346

$1,324

$1,208

$15,888

$14,496

Virginia Beach, VA

$252,041

$934

$852

$11,208

$10,224

Nashville, TN

$289,792

$1,074

$980

$12,888

$11,760

Providence, RI

$333,191

$1,234

$1,127

$14,808

$13,524

Milwaukee, WI

$212,166

$786

$717

$9,432

$8,604

Jacksonville, FL

$240,785

$892

$814

$10,704

$9,768

Memphis, TN

$164,254

$609

$555

$7,308

$6,660

Oklahoma City, OK

$165,014

$611

$558

$7,332

$6,696

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY

$189,706

$703

$641

$8,436

$7,692

Hartford, CT

$246,821

$914

$835

$10,968

$10,020

Richmond, VA

$256,417

$950

$867

$11,400

$10,404

New Orleans, LA

$215,218

$797

$728

$9,564

$8,736

Buffalo, NY

$183,071

$678

$619

$8,136

$7,428

Raleigh, NC

$292,160

$1,082

$988

$12,984

$11,856

Birmingham, AL

$174,875

$648

$591

$7,776

$7,092

Salt Lake City, UT

$405,189

$1,501

$1,370

$18,012

$16,440

*Payments do not include taxes, insurance or HOA dues

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