Friday, May 15, 2009

Higher Average Loan Amounts on Conventional Refinance Mortgages


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There has been a spike in the average mortgage loan amount for conventional refinance mortgages. This makes sense based upon the record low interest rates for new mortgages and the need for homeowners having variable rate mortgages to replace them with less risky fixed rate mortgages. More home owner debt refinanced at current interest rates results in significant savings for the borrowers. Based upon data collected from municipal recordings from more than 500 counties nationwide, the average conventional refinance mortgage jumped passed $210,000 in 2009 from below $200,000 in 2008. Because of stricter underwriting requirements and depressed home values, fewer conventional refinance mortgages were originated than previous time periods during the past 10 years.




4 comments:

Mortgage Loan Modification said...

Good information, at the same time i would like share my points with your post that Higher loan amount refers to loan amounts that were at least 5 percent greater than the amortized unpaid principal balance (UPB) of the original loan. "Lower loan amount" refers to loan amounts that were less than the amortized UPB of the original loan.

mortgage said...

Great post! very informative. thanks for sharing...

Refinance Mortgage said...

I think it is a good move for homeowners to switch to the more stable fixed rate mortgages. Variable rate mortgages can fluctuate quite a bit.

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