Florida Mortgage Rates

April 19, 2015 11:41 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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Florida Mortgage Rates and Loan Options
Florida provides numerous mortgage options and attractive mortgage rate opportunities for those looking to make their home in the country's southeastern region.

From the panhandle to the shores of Miami and Key West, the laid back lifestyle of the Sunshine State has long attracted those in search of a coastal lifestyle. Floridians have convenient access to the Atlantic Ocean and the warmer Gulf of Mexico, both popular destinations for homeowners. 

Whether you choose to live in a condo in the colorful city of Miami or a beach cottage in the resort town of Panama City, Florida has many loan programs and mortgage interest rate options to match.

Special Florida Loan Programs and FL Mortgage Interest Rates
The Homeownership Pool (HOP) Program offers funds for eligible homebuyers whose adjusted income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income and who purchase a home from pool member developers.  The program allows buyers to receive a zero percent deferred second mortgage loan that can be used to meet the first lender's down payment requirements.

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation administers a program called the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). Funds are disbursed through the local governments and passed on to individual homeowners in the very low and low-to-moderate income tracts. Money for this program can be used to purchase new homes or refinancing existing loans in the following categories:

• emergency repairs
• new construction and rehabilitation
• down payment and closing cost assistance
• mortgage buy-downs

Mobile and Manufactured Homes in Florida: Mortgage Rates and Financial Assistance
Florida is a state with many mobile and manufactured home communities.  Various cities offer support programs and education resources for buyers wishing to purchase this type of housing. Programs include down payment assistance, money for repairs or rehabilitation, and dealer incentives. Mobile and manufactured home owners can also apply for low FL mortgage interest rates.

VA and USDA Loans and Current Florida Mortgage Rates
Using a loan program from the VA or USDA, borrowers can get up to 100 percent financing, allowing them to buy without a down payment. While high leverage loans typically come with higher interest rates, the VA and USDA make loans through their conventional lender partners at or below market interest rates. This means that VA and USDA loans boast some of the lowest current FL mortgage rates. To qualify, you must meet certain criteria defined by the lending institution as well as the VA or USDA.