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Over Half Regret New Mortgages During Pandemic

Keith Griffin
Sep 01, 2020
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Buyers remorse is the feeling a consumer gets soon after making a purchase. It can be as high as almost 70% with cars, according to AutoTrader. Turns out over half of mortgage recipients share similar feelings.
 
A new study by LendEDU claims 55% of homeowners regret taking out a mortgage during the pandemic. Somewhat ironically, a combined 72% cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason they decided to take out a mortgage to become homeowners, with many specifically attributing the current low-interest-rate lending environment.
 
Here are the reasons people feel they should not have become a homeowner during the pandemic:
  • Should have waited for financial reasons – 30%
  • Should have waited for social/life reasons – 10%
  • I was not prepared for homeownership – 8%
  • Other – 7%
 
LendEDU found 26% of all poll participants have refinanced their home loan during the pandemic, while 73% have not, and 1% opted not to say.
 
Amongst new homeowners specifically, 41% have already refinanced their mortgage to capitalize on the coronavirus interest rates compared to 25% of pre-coronavirus homeowners that have also utilized a mortgage refinance during the pandemic.
 
And, nearly every single homeowner that has refinanced their mortgage during the pandemic has been able to secure a more favorable interest rate.
 
When LendEDU asked those homeowners who haven’t refinanced their mortgage during the pandemic why they haven’t done so, 44% said they never considered it, 23% wanted to keep building credit, 8% did not want an appraiser in their home or couldn’t find one, 6% applied but haven’t heard back yet, and 4% applied but were denied.
 
homeowner mortgage regret
 
Other findings from the report include:
  • 54% of all homeowners (took out a mortgage either before or during the pandemic) who have agreed to something like pandemic forbearance or a reduced monthly minimum payment have seen incorrect negative marks on their credit report.
  • 26% of all homeowners have refinanced their mortgage during the pandemic, with 90% receiving a lower interest rate than before.
  • 17% of all homeowners have struggled to pay their mortgage due to getting laid off, while 20% have struggled due to general financial difficulties during the pandemic recession.
  • Only 58% of all homeowners indicated they have not struggled to make mortgage payments during the pandemic.
  • 16% of all homeowners have agreed to pandemic forbearance with their mortgage lender, while 11% have agreed to a reduced monthly minimum payment. Those percentages are 18% and 25% for only new homeowners.
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