Texas Mortgage Rates

August 29, 2015 02:55 PM 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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First-Time Buyer Programs Using Current Texas Mortgage Rates

Texas, one of the largest states in the country, also has one of the best- performing mortgage markets and real estate economies. If you're looking to purchase a home or refinance your existing loan in "The Lone Star State," it helps to have as much information at your fingertips as possible, including information about current TX mortgage interest rates.

Educating yourself about TX interest rates and loan options will help you determine the best loan program that fits your unique situationsituation and your budget, and help you get into the home of your dreams sooner.

Texas Mortgage Education and Finding Low TX Mortgage Rates

Education for potential homebuyers is offered through the The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs offers home buying education for TX residents. Classes prepare the individual for the financial responsibilities associated with owning a homeme,, and help buyers understand the process of obtaining a loan and finding out about Texas' mortgage interest rates.

These classes must be taken from a certified homebuyer education provider. The certified education includes information on budgeting, as well as warnings about mortgage and refinancing fraud. This education ensures that first-time homebuyers are prepared to buy and own a home.

First Time Home Buyer Program in Texas

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) offers a 10-year deferred forgivable 2nd mortgage for down payment and closing cost assistance, up to 4 percent of the first mortgage amount. The loan is offered at a competitive interest rate and is amortized over 30 years.

significant advantage of this program is that borrowers are not required to make monthly payments on the 2nd mortgage. All payments are deferred and are eventually forgivable should the borrower occupy the home for the entire 10 year period.

Texas Recovery Area Home Loans

First time home buyers purchasing a home in a presidentially-declared disaster area receive relaxed mortgage qualifying guidelines on most loan programs offered through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. If you're not sure where to look, the TDHCA makes available a list of real estate agents and brokers who can help you find the right home, and finance it through their participating lending partners. Both resources can be found right here at lendingtree.com or through this link.

Money for Home Repairs in Texas

Through the Texas Foundations Fund Texas residents can apply for a grant to make improvements and necessary repairs to their homes. Funds are offered through non-profit partners throughout the state and are restricted to those homeowners in the very low and extremely low income brackets. The money can be used to improve immediate living standards, build new single family homes, repair existing owner-occupied single family homes, and enhance accessibility for the elderly and disabled. Location and income restrictions apply.