Obama Housing Scorecard Progresses in January as Low Mortgage Rates Help Housing Recover

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury release a monthly report on the health of the housing market. The January 2013 report points to a housing market that is recovering as sales of existing homes increased 12.8 and sales of new homes increased 8.8 percent from December last year.

In addition to home sales increasing, home prices are moving higher as well. Home prices are up more than 5 percent from levels a year ago. As a result of higher home prices, the number of homeowners coming out from underwater on their home continues to rise. The Obama Administration's foreclosure preventive actions continue to help the housing market. 1.5 million homeowner assistance actions have taken place through the Making Home Affordable Program and the FHA has offered more than 1.5 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions to homeowners.

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PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from HomePlus Mortgage
HomePlus Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
3.560%
3.375%
USD
HomePlus Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 78669
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,995
Personal service - one point of contact from start to finish – available nights and weekends
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
4.039%
3.875%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,411
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
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300000
Purchase
4.291%
4.125%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,454
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from HomePlus Mortgage
HomePlus Mortgage
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/111128.gif
300000
Purchase
3.560%
3.375%
USD
HomePlus Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 78669
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,995
Personal service - one point of contact from start to finish – available nights and weekends
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
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300000
Purchase
4.291%
4.125%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,454
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from New American Funding
New American Funding
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300000
Purchase
3.514%
3.375%
USD
New American Funding Logo
NMLS # 6606
10/21/2019
at 1.750 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $5,250
Direct lender specializing in helping you save money on your home loan.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
4.039%
3.875%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
10/21/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,411
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Apple Financial Network, Inc
Apple Financial Network, Inc
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300000
Purchase
3.556%
3.375%
USD
Apple Financial Network, Inc Logo
NMLS # 1846010
State Lic # 01527337
10/21/2019
at 1.625 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,327
Fees in APR: $6,972
Be ready to buy. Get pre-approved by a local lender
 

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The Obama Administration's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has also helped more than 1 million homeowners keep their home. As of December, more than 1.1 million homeowners have received a permanent modification allowing them to save approximately $545 on average on their mortgage payments each month.

Low refinance rates have also enticed more than 20 million homeowners refinance their mortgage since April 1, 2009. Refinance rates today on 30 year conforming loans are averaging 3.60 percent, less than 40 basis points above above the all-time record low of 3.27 percent.

 



If you have been waiting for home prices or mortgage rates to fall further to buy a home you shouldn't wait any more. Home prices and  mortgage rates have probably bottomed out the past year and will head higher. While both prices and rates will move higher, the increases will be small. Regardless, with home affordability at the highest point in 40 years, now is the time to buy.

If you're thinking about refinancing a loan, now is the time to do so. Refinancing a loan makes sense if the new rate you receive is around 1.00 percent less and if you plan to stay in your home for more than three years. Refinancing to a shorter-term mortgage will save you even more money if you can afford the higher monthly mortgage payments.
 
 
Author: Brian McKay
February 12th, 2013
Posted in: Mortgage Rates