Refinance Volume Remains High In April Due to Low Interest Rates


Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Refinance volumes remained high in April as mortgage rates dipped slightly from March, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s April 2013 Refinance Report. More than 463,000 refinances took place in April. Of these, nearly 107,000 loans have been completed through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), bringing the total number of HARP refinances to more than 2.5 million since April 2009.

Also in the April 2013 report:

? HARP represented 23 percent of total refinance volume in April.

? Borrowers with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for
44 percent of the volume of HARP loans through April.

? The number of completed HARP refinances for deeply underwater borrowers continued to represent a significant portion of total HARP volume. In April, 20 percent of the loans refinanced through HARP had a LTV ratio greater than 125 percent.

? Year-to-date through April, 17 percent of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers were for 15- and 20-year mortgages.

? Year-to-date through April, HARP refinances represented 62 percent of total refinances in Nevada and 52 percent of total refinances in Florida, more than double the
22 percent of total refinances nationwide over the same period.

? States with the highest number of HARP loans since the inception of the program through April include: California (357,751), Florida (225,447), Michigan (172,420), Illinois (170,736), and Arizona (127,136).

Link to Refinance Report


The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.5 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.

Corinne Russell
(202) 649-3032

Stefanie Johnson
(202) 649-3030

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