“When rates started dropping, I was calling her every couple of weeks and saying, 'OK where are they now, where are they now?'” homeowner Rhonda Matney said.
“Our phones are ringing off the hooks right now for people who want to refinance,” mortgage consultant Sharon Whitlatch said.
Rates on 30-year mortgages remain near the lowest level in decades, allowing borrowers with good credit and stable jobs to refinance. Mortgage lenders say with all the new activity, they are getting backlogged.
“Many of the different mortgage lenders and representatives had laid off a fair amount of people when the market was slow last year. So when the rates dropped ... they just couldn't hire on enough people quick enough to get loans processed,” Whitlatch said.
“If you have all of those documents with you when you come in, it's going to expedite the process by about 10 days,” Whitlatch said.
If you are struggling to pay your mortgage or are behind on your payments, you may qualify for the federal refinancing program.
However, mortgage specialists warn to also be on the look out for scams. Never pay money up front to a company that offers refinancing help.