Mortgage Rates in New Jersey
Compare today's average mortgage rates in the state of New Jersey. Bankrate aggregates mortgage rates from multiple sources to provide averages for New Jersey.
New Jersey mortgage overview
Interested in buying a home in the Garden State? As the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey has a large mortgage market, and you can expect home prices to trend generally higher than the national averages. The state’s proximity to two pricey Northeastern metropolitan areas, New York City and Philadelphia, helps drive strong demand for housing.
The median home price in New Jersey in 2019 was $310,950, which is about 21 percent higher than the national median of $257,000. Typical homes in the state sold for 98 percent of their asking price, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.
Eighty-five percent of New Jersey homebuyers used a mortgage to purchase their home, a rate that was just slightly lower than the national level (86 percent). The typical homebuyer in the state financed 86 percent of the purchase price, compared to 88 percent nationally, the report shows.
First-time homebuyer programs in New Jersey
First-time homebuyers in New Jersey can take advantage of several programs offered through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). These provide down payment assistance and affordable, government-backed mortgages. Programs include:
- NJHMFA Down Payment Assistance Program: This program can provide $10,000 to use for a down payment or closing costs. It is structured as an interest-free second loan with no monthly payment that is forgiven over a period of five years. The down payment assistance must be paired with an NJHMFA first mortgage. To qualify, homebuyers need to meet household income restrictions and purchase price limits.
- NJHMFA's First-Time Homebuyer Mortgage Program: If you’re buying a primary residence in New Jersey and haven’t owned a home for at least three years, you may be eligible for this type of mortgage. Qualified buyers who meet income and purchase price restrictions can get a competitive interest rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage through an NJHMFA participating lender. The mortgage comes with government-backed insurance. Properties in certain neighborhoods, called Urban Target Areas or UTAs, are eligible for higher income limits.
- Police and Firemen's Retirement System Mortgage Program: Police officers and firefighters who are members of the New Jersey Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) may be eligible for competitive mortgages and refinancing loans through this program. You need not be a first-time homebuyer to qualify. The purchased property must be your primary residence and can include one- or two-family residences and condos.
New Jersey mortgage refinancing
New Jersey homeowners wishing to refinance should be aware that you can either work with your existing mortgage lender or shop around for better rates from other lenders. If you have a credit score of 620 or higher and are refinancing the mortgage on your primary residence, you may want to apply for this government-backed refi program:
Stay At Home Streamline Refinance Program
New Jersey homeowners looking for favorable refinancing terms can apply for the Stay At Home Streamline Refinance Program. It offers government-insured, 30-year fixed-rate loans. The home that is being refinanced must be your primary residence, whether that’s a single-family home or a two- to four-unit property that has a unit occupied by the owner.