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Mortgage rates in South Dakota

Where they currently stand and where they’re predicted to go throughout the year.


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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.

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According to 2018 data, over half of South Dakota’s population live in rural areas. Its 30-year mortgage rate averages 4.507%. But if you meet the narrow criteria to qualify for a USDA loan — perhaps less narrow for residents of the Mount Rushmore State — the average rate comes in at a more competitive 4.372%.

How much do South Dakota rates vary?

Average mortgage rates in South Dakota stretched from 3.844% to 4.671% for 30-year loans in 2018. Several variables, such as loan program, can influence your interest rate. For example, although government-backed loans generally have more borrower and property requirements, they also typically have lower interest rates than their conventional counterparts.

2018 average rates in South Dakota by loan type

Loan type15-year average rate30-year average rate
USDANot available4.372%

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To illustrate, say you had a $205,000 30-year conventional mortgage at the 2018 average rate of 4.671%. Your mortgage payment might come out to $1,060 per month, excluding taxes and charges specific to your loan.

On the other hand, if you qualified for a USDA loan at the 2018 average rate of 4.372%, your monthly payment could be about $1,023. A $37 difference per month could amount to a savings of $13,127 over the life of the loan.

Average South Dakota mortgage rates will likely hang around the sub-4% mark in 2020.

Historically, South Dakota seesaws just above and below the national average. The average mortgage rate was 0.12% higher than the rest of the country in 2018 and 0.04% lower in 2017. Housing agencies like Wells Fargo and the National Association of Realtors are calling for 30-year interest rates in the high 3% in 2020. South Dakota mortgage rates likely won’t stray far from the national average.

Compare mortgage rates throughout South Dakota

There are a handful of metropolitan areas in South Dakota, each with its own unique average mortgage rate. Each geographic region also has slightly different home values and loan amounts. If you’re looking to move, check out the average mortgage rate in the neighborhood you’re considering to get a better idea of what you might pay.

Using data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, we figured out the estimated monthly cost of the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in three metropolitan areas in South Dakota. Rates and costs do not account for taxes, fees or costs unique to your mortgage.

Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)Average mortgage rateMedian loan amountEstimated monthly cost
Rapid City4.592%$205,000$1,050
Sioux City MSA (Union County, SD)4.540%$215,000$1,090
Sioux Falls4.587%$195,000$1,000

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How to get the best mortgage rate in South Dakota

Three strategies to help you score the best rate:

  1. Explore loan programs. Lenders assign different interest rates for their loan programs. Find out what loan products you qualify for to compare interest rates.
  2. Polish your borrowing profile. Pay off as much debt as possible to up your credit score before applying for a mortgage. Lenders give the best mortgage rates to borrowers with lower debt-to-income ratios and higher credit scores.
  3. Weigh the closing costs. You can expect closing costs in South Dakota to run you about 1.47% to 2.93% of the final purchase price. Consider these charges against your interest rate to calculate the total cost of your home loan.

Historical mortgage interest rates in South Dakota

Bottom line

As housing agencies nationwide predict mortgage rates to hover below 4%, you can expect South Dakota rates to perform similarly. But ultimately, lenders set their own rates, so be sure to compare mortgages and lenders to get the best rate.

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