Home Prices Could Surge 35 Percent Without Causing Home Affordability to Drop

A big drop in home prices the past six years combined with record low mortgage rates will cause housing prices to surge, according to Raj Dosaj, vice president of the behavioral library and home price index at LPS Applied Analytics. Raj Dosaj made this bold statement in a webinar hosted by HousingWire. He went on to say the increase in home prices won't be as big if current mortgage rates move higher, which analysts expect to happen.

Home Prices Could Surge 35 Percent Without Causing Home Affordability to DropHome affordability was at a record high in 2012 and homes remain more affordable then ever. The National Association of Realtors' Housing Affordability Index stood at a record high of 198.2 in November 2013. The recovery in home prices has already started the past year, so Raj Dosaj's prediction is quite bold. The NAR's January Existing-Home Sales Index showed the median home price up 12.3 from January 2012.

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30 yr fixed refi in 06101, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Northpointe Bank
Northpointe Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.227
4.125
USD
Northpointe Bank Logo
NMLS # 447490
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $3,350
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.354
4.250
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $3,395
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CF Bank
CF Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.049
4.000
USD
CF Bank Logo
NMLS # 409132
(877) 388 - 5173
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $1,484
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.079
3.990
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 0.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,430.52
Fees in APR: $2,885
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
4.784
4.700
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
(877) 366 - 5354
at 0.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,555.91
Fees in APR: $2,582
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
4.267
4.125
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 1.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $2,046
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Citibank, N. A.
Citibank, N. A.
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300000
Refinance
4.796
4.750
USD
Citibank, N. A. Logo
NMLS # 412915
(877) 385 - 1690
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,590
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Ally Bank
Ally Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.512
4.500
USD
Ally Bank Logo
NMLS # 181005
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $415
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CF Bank
CF Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.125
4.125
USD
CF Bank Logo
NMLS # 409132
(877) 388 - 5173
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: None
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.242
4.240
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,474.06
Fees in APR: $56
Thank you for your inquiry, we will be in touch shortly. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from HomeDirect Mortgage
HomeDirect Mortgage
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300000
Refinance
4.375
4.375
USD
HomeDirect Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 403501
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: None
 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Northpointe Bank
Northpointe Bank
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300000
Refinance
4.250
4.250
USD
Northpointe Bank Logo
NMLS # 447490
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better Mortgage Inc
Better Mortgage Inc
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300000
Refinance
4.069
4.000
USD
Better Mortgage Inc Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # ML-330511
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,432.25
Fees in APR: $2,482
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from CF Bank
CF Bank
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300000
Refinance
3.903
3.750
USD
CF Bank Logo
NMLS # 409132
(877) 388 - 5173
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,389.35
Fees in APR: $2,261
Thanks for the inquiry! 
 
30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial
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300000
Refinance
4.004
3.865
USD
Sebonic Financial Logo
NMLS # 66247
State Lic # ML-66247
(877) 388 - 9170
at 1.100 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,409.00
Fees in APR: $1,712
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
9.489
9.125
USD
CIT Bank Logo
NMLS # 541760
(877) 366 - 5354
at 1.100 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $2,440.90
Fees in APR: $6,132
Thank you for your inquiry! We look forward to working with you. 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Washington Trust Company
The Washington Trust Company
300000
Refinance
4.280
4.250
USD
The Washington Trust Company
4.280%
2/19/2019
4.250%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,083
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.405
4.375
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.405%
2/20/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,043
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.373
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.373%
2/18/2019
4.250%
at 0.998 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,351
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha
300000
Refinance
4.815
4.750
USD
First National Bank of Omaha
4.815%
2/21/2019
4.750%
at 0.500 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $752
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.406
4.375
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.406%
2/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from United Bank
United Bank
300000
Refinance
4.401
4.375
USD
United Bank
4.401%
2/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $911
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Guilford Savings Bank
The Guilford Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.542
4.500
USD
The Guilford Savings Bank
4.542%
2/22/2019
4.500%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $719
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Savings Bank of Danbury
Savings Bank of Danbury
300000
Refinance
4.523
4.500
USD
Savings Bank of Danbury
4.523%
2/22/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $790
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Liberty Bank
Liberty Bank
300000
Refinance
4.419
4.375
USD
Liberty Bank
4.419%
2/22/2019
4.375%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $814
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Union Savings Bank
Union Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.524
4.500
USD
Union Savings Bank
4.524%
2/22/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $852
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.550
4.500
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.550%
2/22/2019
4.500%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $998
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.683%
2/22/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from UniBank for Savings
UniBank for Savings
300000
Refinance
4.786
4.750
USD
UniBank for Savings
4.786%
2/22/2019
4.750%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $500
 
 

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In the hardest hit areas of the county, home prices have fallen by more than 50 percent from the top of the housing boom. Also during this time, mortgage rates have been driven to record lows due to the Federal Reserve's actions to drive rates lower. Mortgage rates today on 30 year conforming loans are averaging 3.55 percent but you can find lenders quoting mortgage rates well below the average.

Housing affordability is high and mortgage rates are low but unfortunately, millions of potential homeowners can't take advantage of this because lending restrictions are tighter than ever. During the housing boom, lenders allowed for up to 100 percent financing with lending restrictions being relaxed to the point of a buyer not being required to produce any documentation on their financial status or income to buy a home.

Since the bust, lenders are now requiring a 20 percent down payment, higher credit scores, and more stringent underwriting restrictions, which have put the option of buying a home out of reach for millions of people. Fortunately, both the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Housing Administration are working on steps to persuade lenders to issue more loans.

Another factor that will contribute to higher home prices is the unemployment rate. As long as the unemployment rate remains high and there is fear of losing a job, potential home buyers will hold back on purchasing. Once the economy improves dramatically and the unemployment rate falls, home prices will move higher.
 
 
Author: Brian McKay
March 4th, 2013
Posted in: Mortgage Rates