Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Freddie Mac Cash-Out Report

by Tanta on 11/07/2007 07:37:00 AM

Percent of refis involving cash-out rises, but amount of cash taken out falls:

McLean, VA – In the third quarter of 2007, 87 percent of Freddie Mac-owned loans that were refinanced resulted in new mortgages with loan amounts that were at least five percent higher than the original mortgage balances, according to Freddie Mac's quarterly refinance review. The revised share for the second quarter of 2007 was 84 percent. . . .

In the third quarter of 2007, the median ratio of new-to-old interest rate was 1.11. In other words, one-half of those borrowers who paid off their original loan and took out a new one increased their mortgage coupon rate by 11 percent, or roughly five-eighths of a percentage point at today's level of 30-year fixed mortgage rates.

"This quarter we saw $60.1 billion cashed out, down from a revised $81.4 billion cashed out in the second quarter of 2007," said Amy Crews Cutts, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist. "Based on what we've been seeing in the share of mortgage applications for refinance, we are expecting the share of mortgage refinance originations to remain about the same in the fourth quarter as we saw in the third, at about 45 percent. . . .

The Cash-Out Refinance Report also revealed that properties refinanced during the third quarter of 2007 experienced a median house-price appreciation of 26 percent during the time since the original loan was made, up from a revised 24 percent in the second quarter 2007. For loans refinanced in the third quarter of 2007, the median age of the original loan was 3.9 years, 5 months older than the median age of loans refinanced during the second quarter of 2007.