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Mortgages are rising as interest rates soar.
Walkers passing a mortgage billboard at a Citibank office in New York. House owners resumed their refinancing haste as mortgage rates rose even higher last weekend. Recent peaks seem to send a signal that this is the last opportunity for most borrower to profit from refinancing.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonal index, the overall mortgage portfolio last weekend was up 2.9% on the year. Volumes were 15.5 per cent lower than in the same weeks a year ago, when interest rates were almost a full point lower. Refinancing requests for a home loan were up 3 per cent from the prior but still 34.5 per cent lower than the same weeks ago.
Rates of interest have been so low for so long that most home-owners who are eligible have already refinanced near all-time low interest rates. Given the recent rises in home equity and value, higher rates mean that it is better to take out a second loan rather than losing a low installment on a first mortgage for those looking to withdraw cash out of their houses.
Mean interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgage contracts with compliant credit balance (USD 453,100 or less) climbed to its highest since April 2011, 4.97 per cent from 4.88 per cent, with points rising from 0.44 (including commitment fee) to 0.47 for credit with 20 per cent down payment. Hypothecary mortgage requests to buy a home also grew by 3 per cent for the weekly and were 4 per cent higher than in the same weekly period a year ago.
House values remain very high and are still increasing, albeit at a lower rate than at the beginning of this year. In view of the high level of residential mortgage growth, the mortgage volumes should be significantly higher, but increasing mortgage rates are eroding the already tense affordable situation.