Recent reports have stated that homebuyers and homeowners are still attempting to either enter the housing market or refinance for more affordability in their mortgage despite the fact that mortgage interest rates were somewhat up and down at the end of 2010. According to sources, mortgage applications rose in the final week of December, which was up from the previous week, as there was some fluctuation in interest rates during the latter part of the year.
Also, there were indications that refinancing applications also rose in the final week of December but had fallen in the previous week. Obviously, there have been homeowners who, throughout 2010, were able to refinance and take advantage of record low interest rates as a way to find affordability in their home loan by either extending their mortgage terms in the hopes of receiving a smaller monthly mortgage payment or refinancing for shorter mortgages as a way to erase their mortgage debt faster and potentially find more overall affordability in their home loan costs.
Mortgage rates did rise slightly but have stayed relatively low and allowed some homeowners and homebuyers the opportunity to find not only affordable home loan opportunities but gain more affordability in their current home through refinancing. There have been questions over whether more individuals will enter into the housing market, even though low interest rates are offered, due to the fact that home prices have been on the decline and have led many to fear that further drops may be present.
However, there have been homebuyers who have seen low prices as an opportunity, since many feel that housing price drops are near their end, even if further declines are present throughout the early part of 2011. There have been those who feel that buying a home at a low cost and, with opportunities to get a low interest rate, entering into the housing market at the present time can yield more affordable results than if homebuyers waited for interest rates in home prices to increase.
Yet, despite low interest rates on home loans which some homeowners may still qualify for, and potential home buying opportunities which are present, there are still advisers and housing counselors who caution homeowners and homebuyers about refinancing or purchasing a home without looking over not only their financial situation but forecasts for housing in the area they wish to buy.
In the past, homeowners have not always benefited from refinancing despite the fact that rates are low as some homeowners may not qualify for a substantial reduction in their home loan interest rate, which could end up costing them more if they refinance when closing costs are factored in. Also, despite the fact that home prices and interest rates are low, and the housing market could benefit from more individuals entering into homeownership, homebuyers may want to be cautious about buying in certain areas, as again, there are predictions that housing prices may not have reached their lows just yet.