If you're looking to save thousands over the life of your home loan, you need to make sure you're getting the best mortgage and the best rates. The table below can help you identify the best mortgage rates, whether you're looking to refinance or are looking for a new home mortgage loan. The results may include FHA mortgage rates and non-FHA based mortgage rates - it is important to compare your options so you know which mortgage will make the most sense for you.
For mortgage loans in your state, the table currently shows FHA loan rates for $200,000. Looking for a different type of mortgage? Just customize your search below. If you'd like to receive custom quotes from up to four lenders,click here and fill out the form.
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- Published mortgage rates 01-04-2015
- APR (Annual Percentage Rates) from lenders
- Loan types (5/1, adjustable rate, interest only)
- Loan term types (15 vs. 30 year)
- The fees assessed by each lender
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The FHA does not set loan rates, because they don’t loan money. The FHA purchases loans from commercial lenders that meet FHA standards. Those standards include the acceptability of the buyer, the appraisal of the property and certain properties of the loan’s financial structure. That is as close as they come to setting rates.
An FHA loan has a very low down payment requirement of 3%. They expect fixed rate loans to have rates based on the current market and the borrower’s credit rating – as would any commercial lender. The fact that your loan will be FHA approved and insured may result in a slight reduction in interest rates.
FHA loans also have insurance costs to the lender, as do all mortgages with a down payment of less than 20%. In the case of the FHA, however, those insurance payments are made to the agency instead of a commercial insurance broker. On an FHA loan the borrower will be charged an insurance premium of 1.5% of the mortgage amount and the yearly payments thereafter will be half a percent of the mortgage value.
FHA also allows the financing of closing costs. Your mortgage loan will include the closing costs and will be folded into the monthly payments and amortized over thirty years. They also have limits on some of those closing costs: the fee for credit reports must be the actual cost; so too with legal fees; inspection fees are limited to $200 and the loan origination fee can be a maximum of 1% of the loan amount.
For adjustable rate mortgages, the only index acceptable to the FHA is the one year Treasury bill interest rate. Annual increases are capped at 1% and the maximum interest rate can be no more than 5% of the original interest rate.
There are also “hybrid” mortgages that have initial low interest periods of 3; 5; 7; or 10 years before the rated adjust. In those situations, the loan with the 3 year initial period has the same restrictions as the one year ARM described above. In the case of the 5,7 and 10 year ARMs the yearly maximum increase is 2% and the interest rate cap is 6% over the original rate.
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