The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported
that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 299,466 refinances during the second quarter, down from 356,002 in the first quarter. The second quarter saw 2,973 loans were refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) that is set to expire at the end of the year.
According to the FHFA, 49,094 borrowers could still benefit from a HARP refinance before the program runs its course. Ten states accounted for more than 70 percent of borrowers who remain eligible for HARP: Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Georgia and New York.
Separately, Bankrate reported
the average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is now at 4.39 percent, down six basis points from a week ago. The average rate for a 15-year fixed refi is 3.79 percent, down five basis points over the last seven days, and the average rate for a 10-year fixed-refinance loan is 3.69 percent, down seven basis points over the last week.