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Maryland Mortgage and Refinance Rates

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.09%. The national average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.11%, according ... to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

Current mortgage interest rates in Maryland

As of Saturday, May 18, 2024, current interest rates in Maryland are 7.19% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.60% for a 15-year fixed mortgage.

Mortgage rates have risen sharply since the start of 2022. While they appear to be heading downward from 2023’s watermark, they aren’t decreasing as fast as they increased. Along with rising home prices in Maryland, affordability has become an issue for homebuyers entering the market.

Refinance rates in Maryland

Refinance rates fluctuate frequently due to trends in the economy, Treasury bond rates, demand and other factors. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage refinance remains above 7 percent, meaning there isn’t much financial benefit to getting a new mortgage at this time. However, many experts expect rates to drop slowly throughout 2024. Still, if you have equity in your home in Maryland, you might want to explore a cash-out refinance.

Maryland mortgage rate trends 

The low rates of 2020, 2021 and the first half of 2022 are no more. While it appears rates have peaked (for now), recent mortgage rates have fluctuated nationally in 2024. January saw 30-year fixed rates averaging around 6.9 percent, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. However, rates have ticked up slightly since then, with the final week of February averaging 7.22 percent. The Fed says it will hold its federal funds rate high until inflation is tamed, though it has hinted at potential rate cuts in the latter half of 2024.

National mortgage rates by loan type

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 7.04% 7.09%
15-Year Fixed Rate 6.47% 6.55%
5-1 ARM 6.63% 7.88%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA 6.91% 6.96%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA 7.03% 7.07%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo 7.13% 7.19%

Rates as of Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 6:30 AM

 

 

Mortgage statistics for Maryland

Maryland is known for its rich history, with its proximity to many of the nation’s large historical sites, including bordering Washington, D.C. If you’re considering buying a home in Maryland, check out the following statistics:

  • Median home value (as of Feb. 2024): $401,305 (Zillow)
  • Median days to pending (as of Jan. 2024): 15 (Zillow)
  • Homes with price drops (as of Jan. 2024): 24.2% (Redfin)
  • Homeownership rate (as of Q4 2023): 72.9% (Census Bureau)

Mortgage options in Maryland

  • Conventional mortgages: These mortgages require a credit score of 620 or better, a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of no more than 45 percent and a down payment of 3 percent to 5 percent.
  • FHA loans: If you don’t meet conventional loan requirements, you might qualify for an FHA loan. These are insured by the Federal Housing Administration, and the requirements generally include a credit score of at least 580, a DTI ratio of no more than 50 percent and a down payment of 3.5 percent.
  • VA loans: Guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA loans are offered to qualifying military veterans, active-duty members and their spouses. VA loans don’t require a down payment or mortgage insurance and can be obtained through a VA-approved lender.
  • USDA loans: For Marylanders living in rural areas, loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture offer mortgages with no down payment. Generally, you’ll need a credit score of at least 640 to qualify. You’ll also only be able to purchase property in specific, rural areas and your income has to fall below area-specific limits.

First-time homebuyer programs in Maryland

As a Maryland first-time homebuyer, consider assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program. Here are some of the options available:

  • 1st Time Advantage Direct: A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a competitively low rate
  • 1st Time Advantage 6000: A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with $6,000 in closing cost and down payment assistance in the form of a zero-percent, deferred second mortgage
  • 1st Time Advantage 3%, 4% and 5% Loans: 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with down payment assistance equal to 3 percent, 4 percent or 5 percent of the loan principal in the form of a zero-percent, deferred second mortgage
  • Maryland SmartBuy: An assistance program that helps people with a minimum of $1,000 in student loan debt to buy a home. The assistance is up to 15 percent of the home’s purchase price, with a maximum of $20,000.

How to find the best mortgage rate in Maryland for you

  • Step 1: Strengthen your credit score - Before you start looking for a lender and applying for a loan, review your credit history and take steps to improve your score, such as paying down existing debt.
  • Step 2: Determine your budget - Have a good understanding of how much house you can afford before you go shopping.
  • 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 lenders to get the best deal on rates, fees and terms.
  • Step 5: Get preapproved for a mortgage - Getting a mortgage preapproval is the only way to get accurate loan pricing for your specific situation. Plus, it will show sellers you’re serious when you make an offer.

Lender compare

Compare mortgage lenders side by side

Mortgage rates and fees can vary widely across lenders. To help you find the right one for your needs, use this tool to compare lenders based on a variety of factors. Bankrate has reviewed and partners with these lenders, and the two lenders shown first have the highest combined Bankrate Score and customer ratings. You can use the drop downs to explore beyond these lenders and find the best option for you.

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Additional Maryland mortgage resources

Review Maryland mortgage lenders: Learn what kind of mortgage offer you can get from these Maryland mortgage lenders. Maryland first-time homebuyer assistance programs: Find out what assistance you may qualify for when buying your first home in Maryland. Buying a house in Maryland: A how-to: Read our guide to learn the ins and outs of buying a home in Maryland. Best homeowners insurance in Maryland: After your principal and interest, your homeowners insurance is a major part of your mortgage payment. Our guide can help you find the right rate and coverage for your home. Maryland loan limits by county: Here are the maximum loan limits in Maryland for FHA and conventional loans. Everything you need to know about the Maryland housing market: The housing market is always changing. Here’s what you need to know.

Meet our Bankrate experts

Written by: Andrew Dehan, Writer, Home Lending

I’ve covered mortgages, real estate and personal finance since 2020. At Bankrate, I’m focused on all of the factors that affect mortgage rates and home equity. I enjoy distilling data and expert advice into takeaways borrowers can use. Prior to Bankrate, I wrote and edited for Rocket Mortgage/Quicken Loans. My work has been published by Business Insider, Forbes Advisor, SmartAsset, Crain’s Business and more.

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Edited by: Laurie Dupnock, 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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