West Virginia Mortgage Rates

March 4, 2015 11:03 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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WV Mortgage Rates and First-time Homebuyer Programs
West Virginia is nestled among the Appalachian Mountains and has a rich state history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Its beautiful mountains and rushing rivers provide countless venues for those who love the outdoors, while its proximity to the nation's capitol provides convenient access to government offices, historical sites and world-class museums.

If you want to purchase a home in West Virginia, and haven’t owned a home within the last three years, several programs are available to you. These programs offer low interest loans and, in some cases, assistance with the down payment and closing costs on your new home.

Several distinct programs are available through the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. Any one of the following programs may fit your situation and help you get into your first home:

• WVHDF 3-2-1 Buydown Program
• WVHDF Homeownership Assistance Program
• WVHDF Mortgage Revenue Bond Program
• WVHDF Secondary Market Program

West Virginia 3-2-1 Buydown Program offers Adjustable Mortgage Rates
The West Virginia Housing Development Fund has a 3-2-1 buy down program that assists families with purchasing a new home. For the first three years of owning the home, buyers get a discount on their approved mortgage rates of 3 percent in the first year, 2 percent in the second year, and 1 percent in the third.

The Home Ownership Assistance Program for Down Payment Assistance
For some West Virginia residents, the Home Ownership Assistance Program offers the funds needed to purchase a home. This loan program uses low WV mortgage interest rates to lend up to a certain amount to potential homebuyers. These funds are meant to be used for closing costs and the down payment on a home.

Low Mortgage Rates from the West Virginia Mortgage Revenue Bond Program
The Mortgage Revenue Bond Program is also called the First Time Homebuyer Program. It has lower than current WV mortgage rates, but it also has certain requirements. The borrowers must meet income requirements and their potential home must be within a certain price range. The bond program offers 25- to 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loans with up to 100 percent financing available.

WVHDF Secondary Market Program for Low WV Mortgage Interest Rates
The Secondary Market Program is a unique statewide program that helps West Virginia residents become homeowners. It’s unique in that it doesn’t require buyers to be first time homebuyers, and it has no income limits. The mortgage rates offered by this program are competitive with current WV mortgage interest rates and require only a 3 percent down payment.