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Mortgage rates in California

Interest rates in California usually trend below the national average.

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Mortgage rates in the Golden State average 4.664% for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and should stay at the current low levels into the coming year.

How much do California rates vary by loan?

Average mortgage rates in California ranged from 3.900% to 4.772% in 2018. But interest rates can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as loan type and term.

For instance, the average rate of a 30-year FHA mortgage was 4.772%, whereas a 15-year FHA loan was 4.082%. The difference is less than 1%, but can mean substantial savings.

2018 average rates in California by loan type

Loan type15-year average rate30-year average rate
Conventional4.306%4.697%
FHA4.082%4.772%
VA3.900%4.546%
USDAN/A4.642%

Based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov

Consider a $325,000 FHA loan. If you got the average 30-year rate, you’d pay $1,670 a month, excluding taxes and other fees specific to your home loan. But if you chose a 15-year loan, your monthly payment could jump to $2,417.

Although a shorter loan term means you pay more per month, it also means you could save $176,755 in interest over the life of the loan.

Mortgage rates in California are likely to stay at the same current low level into 2020. Historically, California interest rates generally trend slightly below the national average.

Major housing authorities project that national interest rates will stay in the high 3s, averaging about 3.7%. California rates are likely to follow suit.

Compare mortgage rates throughout California

The Golden State has a variety of metropolitan areas, each with slightly different average mortgage rates and home values. If you’re considering moving to a new area, compare rates and property values.

We studied data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to give you an idea of what you might pay on the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in different metropolitan areas across California. These costs do not account for taxes, PMI or other fees.

Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)Average mortgage rateMedian loan amountEstimated monthly cost
Bakersfield4.789%$215,000$1,300
Chico4.873%$245,000$1,300
El Centro4.757%$215,000$1,120
Fresno4.840%$245,000$1,290
Hanford-Corcoran4.744%$225,000$1,170
Los Angeles MSA (Los Angeles County, CA)4.693%$475,000$2,460
Madera4.786%$235,000$1,230
Merced4.895%$245,000$1,300
Modesto4.844%$275,000$1,450
Napa4.67%$505,000$2,610
San Francisco MSA (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, CA)4.62%$565,000.00$2,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura4.67%$485,000.00$2,510
Redding4.85%$225,000.00$1,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario4.79%$305,000$1,600
Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom4.75%$335,000$1,750
Salinas4.68%$435,000.00$2,250
San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad4.61%$465,000$2,390
San Francisco MSA (San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, CA)4.30%$875,000$4,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara4.40%$705,000.00$3,529
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles4.68%$435,000$2,250
San Francisco MSA (Marin County, CA)4.49%$735,000$3,720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville4.68%$585,000$3,030
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara4.69%$405,000$2,100
Santa Rosa-Petaluma4.71%$485,000$2,520
Stockton4.84%$325,000$1,710
Vallejo4.82%$385,000.00$2,020
Visalia4.76%$215,000.00$1,120
Yuba City4.82%$265,000.00$1,390

Based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov.

How to get the best mortgage rate in California

A few tips to help you get the best rate for your home loan:

  1. Compare loan products. Lenders generally assign different interest rates to their various loan programs. Select the best loan type for your homeownership goals.
  2. Explore interest rates from multiple lenders. Lenders determine your interest rate. Always shop around to find the best deal.
  3. Examine the closing costs. In addition to interest rates, compare each lender’s closing costs. These fees can run between 1.07% and 1.25% of the loan amount.

Historical mortgage interest rates in California

Bottom line

California mortgage rates usually come in below the national average. But they also vary depending on the area, the loan program and other factors. Compare mortgages and lenders to make sure you get the best loan terms.

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