95 percent of refinancing borrowers choose fixed-rate mortgages

In the second quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for approximately 95 percent of refinance loans, according to the Freddie Mac Quarterly Product Transition Report.
An increasing share of refinancing borrowers chose to shorten their loan terms during the second quarter. Of borrowers who paid off a 30-year fixed-rate loan, 37 percent chose a 15- or 20-year loan, the highest such share since the third quarter of 2003.

Fifty-five percent of borrowers who had a hybrid ARM chose a fixed-rate loan during the second quarter, while the remaining 45 percent chose to refinance into the same type of product. The share refinancing from hybrid ARM to hybrid ARM was the highest since the second quarter of 2004.