Refinance population increases and could save $2 billion a month

Black Knight data shows more homeowners could save thanks to lower rates

Refinance population increases and could save $2 billion a month

More US homeowners could each save hundreds of dollars per month by refinancing at current rates, a combined $2 billion in savings.

With the Freddie Mac 30-year average slipping to a 3-month low of 3.6% last week – only about 0.25% above all-time lows – Black Knight says that the population of high-quality refinance candidates increased to 9.4 million.

The firm considers refinance candidates to be high quality if they are 30-year mortgage holders with a maximum 80% loan-to-value ratio and credit scores of 720 or higher, who could shave at least 0.75% off their current first lien rate by refinancing.

While the average saving on monthly mortgage payments (principal and interest) is $264, some 2.6 million refinance candidates could save $300 or more by refinancing.

Black Knight stresses that its LTV and credit score assumptions are conservative and that there are non-cash-out refi products available for borrowers with much higher LTVs and lower credit scores than it uses as a baseline.

It’s also worth noting that the population of refinance candidates can be significantly affected by an eighth of a point movement in either direction.

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