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Mortgage rates in Texas
You could end up paying less interest than the rest of the country.
Rates on a 30-year mortgage in Texas average about 4.801%. With 75% of the counties in the Lone Star State classified as rural, you might qualify for a USDA Rural Development or other government-backed mortgages at even lower rates — and with low to no down payments.
How much do Texas rates vary?
Average mortgage rates in Texas ranged from 3.974% to a high 5.012% in 2018. Many factors affect the rate you’re approved for, including your loan type, the term and your creditworthiness.
2018 average rates in Texas by loan
|Loan type||15-year average rate||30-year average rate|
Rates based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov.
To illustrate what these rates mean to your wallet, let’s say you’re looking to buy a home in Texas that’s valued at $185,000. A conventional 30-year mortgage at 4.820% might cost you $970 a month, excluding taxes and fees. If you qualify for an FHA loan at 5.012%, it might work out to a monthly mortgage payment of $990.
A mere 0.192% difference in interest rates could keep about $7,780 in your wallet — rather than as interest payments to the bank.
Which way are rates trending in Texas?
Mortgage rates in Texas are expected to stay under 4% in the coming year.
Although the average interest rate was 0.01% higher than the rest of the country in 2018, Texas usually comes in slightly under the rest of the country. In fact, in the past decade, mortgage rates in Texas ranked 0.05% lower than the average national rate.
As housing agencies nationwide are expecting 30-year rates to average about 3.70%, we can expect comparable performance in Texas.
Compare mortgage rates throughout Texas
The Lone Star State is mainly rural but hosts a variety of metropolitan areas, each with a slightly different average mortgage rate and range of home values. That means a homeowner in Dallas will likely pay a higher mortgage payment than a fellow Texan in Brownsville.
We studied data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act to learn what the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage might cost you in metropolitan areas throughout the state. Rates and amounts don’t include taxes, private mortgage insurance or other fees.
|Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)||Average mortgage rate||Median loan amount||Estimated monthly cost|
|Dallas MSA (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall Counties)||4.809%||$255,000||$1,340|
|Dallas MSA (Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise Counties)||4.905%||$215,000||$1,140|
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||4.857%||$215,000||$1,140|
|San Antonio-New Braunfels||4.793%||$215,000||$1,130|
|Texarkana MSA (Bowie County, MSA)||4.828%||$145,000||$760|
Rates and costs based on data from ffiec.cfpb.gov.
How to get the best mortgage rate in Texas
Work toward getting the best rate possible on your next home loan by paying down your debt and budgeting for closing costs.
- Consider all loan types. Lenders generally offer loan programs for first-time homebuyers, rural homes and more, each with a different interest rate. Learn what you might qualify for when comparing options.
- Sharpen your DTI. Lenders extend the best rates to borrowers with good to excellent credit and low debt-to-income ratios. Take time to pay down debt for a stronger credit report.
- Consider closing costs. You can expect closing costs in the Lone Star State to run you 0.98% to 1.31% of the final purchase price. Some lenders offer lower interest rates for higher closing costs. Review total costs against the rate to understand the real cost of your mortgage.
Historical mortgage interest rates in Texas
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Average mortgage rates in Texas are lower than the national average historically. To make sure you’re getting the strongest rates you’re eligible for, shop around for lenders and loans before signing a contract.
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