California Mortgage Rates

August 5, 2015 08:29 AM Eastern

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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.

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California Mortgage Rates and Loan Options
California is the most populous state in the country, and it is also one of the largest in terms of land mass. Its entire western coast is bordered by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, providing a temperate climate year round for much of the southern part of the state.

Several areas in California have achieved global notoriety, including San Francisco, the financial hub of the West Coast; Napa Valley, home to one of the largest wine regions in the world; and of course Los Angeles and Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world.

Up and down the coast, residents of California enjoy nature's diversity, from arid desert landscapes to exclusive ocean enclaves, and lush farming regions to sprawling metropolises. Regardless of the area in which you choose to live, you'll find almost limitless possibilities for home choices, loans, and mortgage rates programs in California.

Special California Mortgage Rates, Loans and Down Payment Assistance
The California Housing Finance Authority makes available special programs for first time home buyers and those who have not had ownership interest in a home over the last 3 years.  Eligible applicants have to meet a threshold income level, a maximum loan amount, and a home sale price limit.  In some cases, the programs allow the borrower to:

• purchase a single family home, including a condo, PUD or manufactured home
• receive down payment assistance up to five percent of the purchase price of the home as a second mortgage
• obtain more than a 100 percent combined loan-to-value ratio

The California Department of Housing and Community Development offers more than 200 additional programs to homeowners and buyers including government subsidies, interest free loans, competitive current California mortgage rates, and grants.

Jumbo Loans and CA Mortgage Interest Rates
The FHA insures loans up to $417,000 through its lending partners. These are called conventional conforming loans. Many areas in California are high cost areas and have home values significantly above that threshold limit.  Buyers of these homes have to use financing options other than the FHA.  These loans are called jumbo loans, and are not typically insured through the FHA or other government-backed institutions.  Despite this fact, and because of their popularity, jumbo loans in California are still made available through hundreds of traditional banks and lending institutions. CA mortgage interest rates for jumbo loans vary greatly, so borrowers should shop around.

Due to higher loan values and higher loan payments, qualifying for these loans can be difficult.  Borrowers seeking a jumbo loan should contact their lender and request documentation sheets listing income and credit score requirements. To estimate your future jumbo loan payments, you can use one of many lendingtree.com mortgage calculator tools.