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Georgia Mortgage and Refinance Rates

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.06%. The national average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.00%, according ... to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

Current mortgage rates in Georgia

As of Tuesday, June 18, 2024, current mortgage interest rates in Georgia are 7.25% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.88% for a 15-year fixed mortgage. 

The median home sales price in the state increased 4.5 percent to $365,000 in April 2024, according to Georgia Realtors, the state’s Realtor group. Those gains, plus today’s higher mortgage rate environment, continue to make housing affordability a challenge.

Refinance rates in Georgia

Refinance rates have seen a sharp increase in the past two years, making deciding when to refinance hard for many Georgia homeowners. While mortgage refinance rates have more than doubled since the start of 2022, many Georgia homeowners have much more tappable equity now. With a cash-out mortgage refinance, you could take advantage of this asset to help further your financial goals.

Georgia mortgage rate trends

While mortgage rates are difficult to predict, the current consensus is for rates to remain well above historical lows for the foreseeable future, including in Georgia.

National mortgage rates by loan type

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 7.02% 7.06%
15-Year Fixed Rate 6.43% 6.50%
5-1 ARM 6.69% 7.86%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA 6.86% 6.90%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA 7.02% 7.06%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo 7.17% 7.22%

Rates as of Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 6:30 AM

 

 

Mortgage statistics for Georgia

Georgia’s housing market has experienced appreciation, in part thanks to strong population growth. Here are some statistics about mortgages and the housing market in The Peach State:

  • Most affordable counties, April 2024: Appling, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Calhoun, Colquitt, Dooly, Jefferson, Macon, Randolph, Quitman, Taliaferro, Telfair, Turner, Webster
  • Median home sales price, April 2024: $365,000
  • Housing inventory levels, April 2024: 38.3% increase YoY
  • Days on market, April 2024: 40 days
  • Homeownership rate, Q4 2023: 65.7% 

Sources: ATTOM, Georgia Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau

Mortgage options in Georgia

If you’re looking to get a mortgage in Georgia, there are several options:

  • Georgia conventional mortgages: To qualify for a conventional mortgage, you’ll need a minimum credit score of 620 and a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of no more than 45 percent. If you make a down payment of less than 20 percent, you’ll need to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI), as well.
  • Georgia FHA loans: If your credit history disqualifies you from a conventional mortgage, you might be able to obtain a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). If you have a down payment of at least 3.5 percent, you could qualify for this type of loan with a credit score as low as 580.
  • Georgia VA loans: If you’re a veteran or active-duty member of the military, you might qualify for a mortgage guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A VA loan doesn’t require a down payment or mortgage insurance, but you do need to pay a funding fee, which ranges from 1.25 percent to 2.15 percent for the first use.
  • Georgia USDA loans: If you’re buying a rural property in Georgia, you might be eligible for a mortgage guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These loans don’t require a down payment, but you’ll need to purchase in a designated rural area and meet the area’s income limits.

First-time homebuyer programs in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) helps connect first-time homebuyers with more affordable loans, as well as down payment assistance, through the Georgia Dream program.

  • Georgia Dream mortgages: Available through participating lenders, these mortgages require a credit score of at least 640 and for the borrower’s income to fall within certain limits. There are also purchase price limits. You can get a conventional, FHA, VA or USDA loan through this program, provided you qualify.
  • Georgia Dream Standard Down Payment Assistance: This program offers eligible borrowers a zero-interest loan of up to $10,000.
  • Georgia Dream PEN Down Payment Assistance: This program offers a zero-interest loan for 6 percent of the purchase price — up to $12,500. Those employed in protection (police, highway patrol, correctional, fire and EMS), active military, education or healthcare fields can qualify.
  • Georgia Dream Choice Down Payment Assistance: This program offers a zero-interest loan of up to $12,500 for borrowers housing an individual living with a disability.

How to find the best mortgage rate in Georgia for you

  • Step 1: Strengthen your credit score - Long before you start looking for a mortgage lender or applying for a loan, give your finances a checkup, and improve your credit score if needed.
  • Step 2: Determine your budget - To find the right mortgage, you’ll need a good handle on how much house you can afford.
  • Step 3: Know your mortgage options - There are a few different types of mortgages.
  • Step 4: Compare rates and terms from several lenders - Rate-shop with at least three different banks, credit unions or mortgage companies or all three to get the best deal.
  • Step 5: Get preapproved for a mortgage - Getting a mortgage preapproval is the only way to get accurate loan pricing for your specific situation.

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Compare mortgage lenders side by side

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Meet our Bankrate experts

Written by: Jeff Ostrowski, Principal Reporter, Mortgages

I cover mortgages and the housing market. Before joining Bankrate in 2020, I spent more than 20 years writing about real estate and the economy for the Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Business Journal. I’ve had a front-row seat for two housing booms and a housing bust. I’ve twice won gold awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and since 2017 I’ve served on the nonprofit’s board of directors.

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Laurie Richards, Editor, Home Lending

I’ve spent five years in writing and editing roles, and I now focus on mortgage, mortgage relief, homebuying and mortgage refinancing topics. I’m most interested in providing resources for aspiring first-time homeowners to help demystify the homebuying process. In 2021, I earned a Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing. I have an MA in English. 

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