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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the total volume of mortgage refinances increased slightly in the third quarter. According to FHFA’s Refinance Report, total refinance volume for the third quarter exceeded 389,000, while refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) were down slightly at 44,136.
Since 2009, nearly 20 million mortgage refinances have been completed through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including more than 3.2 million through HARP. FHFA estimates that, as of second quarter 2014, there are more than 722,000 borrowers who have a strong financial incentive to refinance. Borrowers are considered “in-the-money” if they meet the basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining balance of $50,000 or more on their mortgage, have a remaining term on their mortgage of greater than 10 years, and their mortgage interest rate is at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates. Nationwide, these borrowers could save, on average, as much as $200 per month on their mortgage.
FHFA is continuing its efforts to reach eligible borrowers and recently announced its fourth HARP outreach event in Miami on December 5. FHFA has held town-hall style events in Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit with local community and civic leaders, who are sharing information about HARP with homeowners. See the U.S. map of HARP-eligible borrowers by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and zip code.
Also in the third quarter 2014 report:
Link to Refinance Report
Link to HARP.gov
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