Mortgage rates during the coronavirus
As mortgage rates fall to record lows in the wake of COVID-19, our partners are seeing an increase in demand for loans and refinancing. As they work through this influx of applications, you may see rates that are higher than expected — or no rates at all. We recommend comparing offers from multiple lenders to ensure you're getting the best deal possible.
Average mortgage rates in New Jersey hover around 4.701% and are predicted to stay around 4% in the upcoming year.
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How much do New Jersey rates vary?
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed-rate loans in New Jersey were between 4.601% and 4.815% in 2018. There are a few factors that go into determining your rate. For example, 15-year loans typically have a lower rate than 30-year mortgages.
2018 average rates in New Jersey by loan type
|Loan type||15-year average rate||30-year average rate|
Based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov.
Say you have a 30-year conventional loan for $285,000 with the 2018 average interest rate of 4.643%. This loan might run you $1,470 in monthly mortgage payments, excluding mortgage-specific charges like taxes and private mortgage insurance. On the other hand, if you selected a 15-year loan term with the average rate of 4.102%, your monthly payment might come in around $2,120.
Even though the monthly payments for the 15-year loan are $650 higher than the 30-year option, the shorter term might end up saving you around $146,530 in interest over the life of the loan.
Which way are rates trending in New Jersey?
Mortgage rates for the Garden State are expected to stay under the 4% mark in 2020.
New Jersey rates have historically stayed at or below the national average. In the past 10 years, interest rates have averaged 0.07% less than the rest of the country.
Bankrate chief financial analyst Greg Mcbride predicts interest rates to remain relatively stable around 4% in 2020. Several US housing agencies predict sub-4% rates in the coming year. New Jersey rates are expected to follow suit and not pass the 4% mark.
Compare mortgage rates throughout New Jersey
Property location in New Jersey can affect your monthly mortgage payment. With differing home values, loan amounts and interest rates, your payment will vary depending on where you live.
We poured over data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act to find out what you might end up paying for the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in different metropolitan areas in New Jersey. These calculations don’t reflect any costs or fees specific to your loan.
|Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)||Average mortgage rate||Median loan amount||Estimated monthly cost|
|Allentown MSA (Warren County, NJ)||4.797%||$205,000||$1,080|
|Camden MSA (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, NJ)||4.799%||$185,000||$970|
|Newark MSA ( Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Union Counties, NJ)||4.636%||$305,000||$1,570|
|Newark MSA (Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties, NJ)||4.656%||$315,000||$1,630|
Based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov.
How to get the best mortgage rate in New Jersey
A few strategies to get a better rate on your loan:
- Learn about different loan products. Loan programs vary and often have different rates. Learn about what programs you qualify for and then compare rates.
- Focus on your credit scores. Pay off as much existing debt as possible and pay all bills on time to help increase your credit score. Borrowers with good to excellent credit typically receive the best rates from lenders.
- Research closing costs. Average closing costs in New Jersey are 0.97% to 1.29% of the purchase price of the home. Some lenders may advertise lower rates while hitting you with higher closing costs. Weigh these costs against the mortgage rate to see the true cost of the loan.
Historical mortgage interest rates in New Jersey
Average mortgage rates in New Jersey usually follow or slide right under the national average. Rates in the Garden State are expected to stick below the 4% level in 2020. Research different lenders and loans to find the right program for you.
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