Mortgage Rates

September 4, 2015 01:48 AM Eastern

Refinance rates now in Woodbridge, NJ[Change this]

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Home Price (Purchase)
When you get a mortgage to purchase a home, the lender uses the lower of the agreed-upon purchase price or the property's appraised value to determine your maximum loan amount. The loan amount divided by the property home price equals your loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. That ratio is one of the major factors that lenders use to set your mortgage rate. If your LTV exceeds 80 percent, you'll probably be required to pay mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment. If the property appraises for less than the agreed-on purchase price, you are not usually required to complete the purchase.
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Home Value (Refinance)
This is your estimate of the current value of your property. When you refinance, your home is almost always evaluated by a licensed appraiser. The refinance loan amount divided by the property's appraised value equals your loan-to-value ratio (LTV), and that number is one of the major factors that determine your mortgage rate. To get an accurate refinance rate quote, your home value estimate must be reasonably accurate.
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Down Payment
The down payment is the amount you pay upfront when you finance property. Your purchase price minus your down payment equals your mortgage amount. The higher your down payment, the more likely you are to be approved for a home loan. If your down payment is less than 20 percent of the purchase price, you'll probably be required to pay for mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment.
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Credit Score
Your credit score is a number designed to measure your credit-worthiness. It's based on a formula that combines many factors, including your payment history, amount of credit used and number of accounts. This number is used by lenders to calculate the probability that you'll default on your mortgage. Most lenders won't approve mortgages to applicants with credit scores lower than 620. Your credit score is one of the most important factors that determines your mortgage rate - applicants with higher scores are offered better mortgage rates.

30 Year Fixed

Interest Rate
3.500%
APR
3.717%
Monthly Payment
$898
Total Mortgage Services
30 Year Fixed
Interest Rate
3.500%
APR
3.717%
Monthly Payment
$898
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $898
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $898
Lender Fees $5,516
Lender Credit $78
Total Closing Fees* $5,438
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
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About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
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Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
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Sebonic Financial
30 Year Fixed
Interest Rate
3.625%
APR
3.734%
Monthly Payment
$913
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $913
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $913
Lender Fees $2,672
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,672
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
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About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

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Lender Reviews

Owner

Yes, I recommend this lender

Overall experience was one of complete pleasure. Any delay in the process was caused by me and at that, it was only a month.

By: Haydee (Marietta, GA)

purchase of 1st home

Yes, I recommend this lender

Sebonic was clearly the cheapest rate I found after speaking with multiple banks. My loan representative was clear and didn't have any charges or fees which made it very clear.

By: Michael (Baltimore, MD)

Amazing company to work with, I will miss them.

Yes, I recommend this lender

Every time I had a question they were able to answer me. They were extremely helpful during the entire process of buying a home. My husband and I are first-time homebuyers and I was very reluctant and nervous about the whole process. They made it easy. I am so grateful that I chose them to help us with this beautiful opportunity. I would recommend them to everyone.

By: Ronda (Wooster, OH)
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15 Year Fixed

Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.910%
Monthly Payment
$1,358
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
15 Year Fixed
Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.910%
Monthly Payment
$1,358
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $1,358
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,358
Lender Fees $2,226
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,226
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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Total Mortgage Services
15 Year Fixed
Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.984%
Monthly Payment
$1,357
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $1,357
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,357
Lender Fees $3,242
Lender Credit $352
Total Closing Fees* $2,890
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
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5/1 ARM

Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
3.017%
Monthly Payment
$791
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
5/1 ARM
Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
3.017%
Monthly Payment
$791
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $791
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $791
Lender Fees $2,456
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,456
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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Total Mortgage Services
5/1 ARM
Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
3.044%
Monthly Payment
$790
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $790
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $790
Lender Fees $4,000
Lender Credit $1,706
Total Closing Fees* $2,294
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
See All Reviews
Sebonic Financial
5/1 ARM
Interest Rate
2.625%
APR
3.043%
Monthly Payment
$804
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $804
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $804
Lender Fees $2,194
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,194
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

Sebonic Financial
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Lender Reviews

Owner

Yes, I recommend this lender

Overall experience was one of complete pleasure. Any delay in the process was caused by me and at that, it was only a month.

By: Haydee (Marietta, GA)

purchase of 1st home

Yes, I recommend this lender

Sebonic was clearly the cheapest rate I found after speaking with multiple banks. My loan representative was clear and didn't have any charges or fees which made it very clear.

By: Michael (Baltimore, MD)

Amazing company to work with, I will miss them.

Yes, I recommend this lender

Every time I had a question they were able to answer me. They were extremely helpful during the entire process of buying a home. My husband and I are first-time homebuyers and I was very reluctant and nervous about the whole process. They made it easy. I am so grateful that I chose them to help us with this beautiful opportunity. I would recommend them to everyone.

By: Ronda (Wooster, OH)
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Mortgage Rate Lock Recommendation

September 3 2015
  •   Lock if closing in 7 days:
    Rates may be heading Up
  •   Lock if closing in 15 days:
    Rates may be heading up
  •   Lock if closing in 30 days:
    Rates may be heading up

You could have read here 24 hours ago how extraordinary it is, given the turmoil happening in other markets, that the daily average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has remained between 3.98 percent and 4.00 percent over the last eight days. This morning, CNBC is speculating that could be a result of tinkering by the Federal Reserve in the U.S. government bond market (which is closely linked to mortgage rates) and China selling some of its $1.3 trillion investment in U.S. Treasurys. If that's the case, yields and rates might be being artificially maintained, and, if either the Fed or Beijing stops doing what, if anything, it's doing, there could be a quite sharp correction. This means you should keep a particularly close eye on the direction rates take, and be ready to act with agility if those stray too far outside your personal comfort zone.

What's Going On

Even without the possibility of interference in the bond and mortgage-rate markets, there's plenty of uncertainty around at the moment. Three factors are particularly hard to call:

  1. When the Federal Reserve is going to implement its first rate hike in nine years. At one point, most observers believed that would happen later this month, then support for that belief fell back, then it grew again, then ... you get the picture. However, there remains plenty to go wrong before a final decision is made, and Wall Street will be closely examining every important release of domestic economic data in case it influences whether Fed rates rise or stay put. Investors want to see an early rise, and any growth in the expectation that one will occur can push up mortgage rates – and any fall in that expectation can drag them down. Expect an increasingly bumpy ride in the couple of weeks before the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC, the committee that makes these decisions) meets on September 16-17.
  2. Whether another foreign crisis is going to threaten the global economy. The most recent threat came from a slowdown in China's economy, but that seemed to recede last week. However, it was revived Monday, though in a much milder way, when the country unveiled poor figures for its manufacturing sector. Asian markets this morning were calm as markets in China were closed to allow the country's leaders to show off their new military hardware in a set-piece parade. A growing foreign crisis of real importance tends to pull down American mortgage rates, while a receding one usually pushes them up.
  3. Whether commodity prices will recover soon. These have been way down in recent weeks, suggesting a stunted potential for growth in the global economy. Many were relieved when oil prices moved up off the floor last week. But some of those gains have been lost over the last few days, though they were creeping up a little first thing this morning. As we've all seen in recent years, poorly performing economies tend to have lower interest rates across the board.

This morning's Fear and Greed Index from CNN Money, which seeks to gauge investor sentiment, stood at 10, representing extreme fear on its 1-100 scale. Still, that's better than last week when it bumped down to 3. To put things in context, it was 49 this time last year.

Today's Economic Data

This week's important domestic data have been good, though secondary figures were mixed. But few will care about or remember much about those if tomorrow's jobs report falls seriously below expectations. That's because those employment numbers are going to be one of the key factors affecting how the FOMC votes on Fed rates in two weeks' time. Irritatingly, history shows August payroll numbers to have come in significantly below consensus forecasts in seven of the last 10 years – only to be revised upward later, according to The New York Times quoting RBS.

Today's releases are far from unimportant, and Wall Street will be poring over them:

  • International trade – The trade gap narrowed in July to -$41.9 billion, compared with -$43.8 billion in June. That was good news, and very much in line with expectations.
  • New jobless claims – New claims for unemployment insurance during week ending August 29 totaled 282,000, which was noticeably worse than the 278,000 expected by the most pessimistic mainstream analysts. However, in historical terms, this was still a remarkably low number.
  • The final flash for the US services purchasing managers' index (PMI) – This did better than most had anticipated, coming in at 56.1, while the consensus expectation was 55.2, according to Econoday.

Why so much talk of "expectations" in this space every day? Because investors commonly trade ahead of actual results on the basis of their favorite analysts' expectations. It's when outcomes differ significantly from those expectations that markets tend to move most sharply and quickly.

Recent Mortgage Rates

The average rate nationwide for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage during week ending September 3 was 3.89 percent with an average 0.6 point, according to Freddie Mac's latest weekly survey, published this morning. The same rate averaged 3.84 percent during week ending August 27, and 3.93 percent seven days before that. This time last year, it was 4.10 percent. This morning, soon before 10:00am (ET), it looked probable that mortgage rates were heading down, though barely perceptibly and you certainly would be brave to declare a trend.

Freddie chief economist Sean Becketti today agreed with LendingTree about the importance to coming mortgage rates of the Fed's pending deliberations and tomorrow's employment data:

The Fed took great pains at the Jackson Hole conference to keep all their options open and to avoid making too much -- or too little -- of the situation in China and the volatility in global equity markets. This Friday's employment report is the last piece of significant, solid evidence the FOMC will have to consider before their September decision. The Street appears to be calling it a coin flip. There won't be a clear direction for mortgage rates until the Fed makes its September decision, at the earliest.

Remember!

One of the characteristics of periods like this is their volatility.

Whether you decide to float or lock your rate is entirely a matter for you. There's a risk in doing either as the recent period of stability in rates could end at any moment. Those who are financially conservative may prefer to lock now. They'd be trading the possibility of a better rate in a few days or weeks for the security of fixing what should still today be a great one, at least in historical terms. Those who enjoy a bet might prefer to float in the hope their rate will fall before they close.

What Does it Mean to "Lock" Your Mortgage?

"Locking" your mortgage means that you and your lender have agreed on an interest rate and price for your home loan. Once your loan is locked, that's the rate and price you get, regardless of what happens in the financial markets. If rates go up, you're protected but if rates go down, you won't benefit either -- you close your loan at the rate you've locked and you can’t change it. Locks have expiration dates ranging from 30 to 60 days or more, and the longer your lock period, the more it costs. If you don't close your loan on time, you could end up paying a higher interest rate.

When Should You Lock?

You can lock in your loan at any time during the process. Until you lock your interest rate, you are said to be "floating" your mortgage. The only rule is that you have to lock in before you can close on your purchase or refinance.

The decision to lock or float your loan can have a long term impact so it’s important you make the right choice. That’s why we offer a quick rundown of the key factors that drive mortgage rates today and everything you need to know.

Mortgage Rates by State

Mortgage rates can vary a lot between lenders on any given day. So, if you only get one mortgage quote, you won't have any idea if there's a better deal out there. That's why the best way to get a mortgage rate it to request quotes from multiple lenders and compare interest rates, loan terms and closing costs. It puts you on in charge and keeps the banks competing to get you the best rate possible. Remember, even .1 percent can amount to thousands of dollars over the course of a loan. Make sure you shop around!

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