Arizona Mortgage Rates
March 2, 2015 07:42 AM Eastern
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Arizona Mortgage Rates
If you currently live outside of Arizona, mortgage rates you may have seen offered in your locale might be different. The economy in each state can affect its mortgage rates and so does competition among lenders. Each state has its own laws governing mortgage rates that lenders can offer. In Arizona lenders are regulated by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.
Buying a Home in Arizona
Arizona is one state where buying a home means finding your place in the sun. Home prices have been on the rise again in Arizona since early 2012 and could continue to appreciate. Forecasts are anywhere from 5.65 percent to as much as 10.35 percent through this year, the highest forecast for any state.
Homes are affordable in Arizona for about 80 percent of households earning the median income in their respective locales with the exception of Flagstaff and Prescott. In Phoenix, for example, the median sales price of a home is $178,000, and 76.2 percent of homes in that metro region are affordable for median income households.
Closing costs for buying a home in Arizona are lower than the median nationwide. Arizona’s median closing costs are $2,372, ranking it 29th among all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Housing assistance may be available from the following programs for those who qualify:
- Arizona Affiliates of Habitat for Humanity – homes built and rehabilitated by volunteer labor
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing – rural assistance programs for home buyers
- State and local community contacts – a list of organizations that may offer homeownership assistance
FHA Mortgages in Arizona
Lending limits for Federal Housing Authority (FHA) mortgages in Arizona depend on the location of the home. High-cost areas like Flagstaff, Phoenix and Prescott have higher limits while the rest of the state is subject to the standard limit, $271,050 for FHA-insured loans.
VA Mortgage Limits
The VA doesn’t limit mortgage amounts, but it does limit the amount of the loan guarantee. Most lenders restrict loans to four times the amount of the guarantee, which means most Arizona lenders cap VA mortgages at $417,000.