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Oregon Mortgage and Refinance Rates

On Saturday, July 20, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 6.90%. The national average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 6.89%, according ... to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

Current mortgage rates in Oregon

Mortgage interest rates have been steadily increasing for much of the year. As of Saturday, July 20, 2024, current interest rates in Oregon are 7.23% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.54% for a 15-year fixed mortgage.

Mortgage rates have been in flux so far in 2024. With rates peaking around 8 percent nationally in October 2023, 2024 has seen rates fluctuate in the 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent range. Coupled with higher home prices, homebuyers are feeling an affordability crunch in Oregon.

Refinance rates in Oregon

While today’s mortgage refinance rates are significantly higher than they have been in recent years, you might still want to explore cash-out refinancing, which allows you to pull from the equity in your home in Oregon. If you’re planning renovations or have another major expense coming up, this could be a cheaper route compared to credit cards or home improvement loans.

Oregon 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. The week of Feb. 28 saw the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 7.22 percent, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. The Fed is still saying 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 6.85% 6.90%
15-Year Fixed Rate 6.29% 6.37%
5-1 ARM 6.43% 7.66%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA 6.82% 6.86%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA 7.00% 7.05%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo 6.94% 6.99%

Rates as of Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 6:30 AM

 

 

Mortgage statistics for Oregon

The Beaver State has much to offer for its residents. From the top of Mt. Hood to the bottom of Crater Lake to the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, the state is full of natural beauty. Portland, its largest city, attracts new citizens every year. In fact, since 2010, Oregon has grown by over 400,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you want to make Oregon your home, here are key statistics about the housing market there:

  • Median home value (as of Feb. 2024): $480,428 (Zillow)
  • Median days to pending sale (as of Jan. 2024): 38 (Zillow)
  • Homes with price drops (as of Jan. 2024): 26.3% (Redfin)
  • Homeownership rate (as of Q4 2023): 63.2% (Census Bureau)

Mortgage options in Oregon

Ready to buy a home in Oregon? Consider these mortgage financing options:

  • Fixed-rate mortgages: Fixed-rate mortgages maintain the same interest rate over the life of your loan, which means your monthly mortgage payment always stays the same.
  • Adjustable-rate mortgages: Unlike the stability of fixed-rate loans, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) have interest rates that fluctuate with market conditions.
  • FHA loans: Backed by the FHA, these home loans come with competitive interest rates, and help make homeownership possible for borrowers without a large down payment or pristine credit.
  • VA loans: VA loans provide flexible, low-interest mortgages for members of the U.S. military (active duty and veterans) and their families.
  • USDA loans: USDA loans help moderate- to low-income borrowers who meet certain income limits buy homes in rural, USDA-eligible areas.
  • Jumbo loans: Jumbo mortgages are home loan products that fall outside FHFA borrowing limits. Jumbo loans are more common in higher-cost areas where home prices are often on the higher end.

First-time homebuyer programs in Oregon 

The Oregon Housing and Community Services (OCHS) is a government agency that helps prospective homeowners with a variety of programs. These include:

  • Cash Advantage Home Loan: This program offers an FHA, USDA, VA or conventional loan with a competitive rate, as well as cash equal to 3 percent of the loan amount to cover closing costs.
  • Rate Advantage Home Loan: This program offers the lowest fixed-rate mortgage possible in the form of an FHA, VA, USDA or conventional loan. As of Jan. 4, 2024, rates were at 5.75 percent.
  • Flex Lending: The Flex Lending program pairs a low fixed-rate mortgage with down payment assistance in the form of either a silent forgivable second lien or an amortizing repayable second lien. Buyers must be low- to moderate-income Oregon residents to qualify.
  • Down payment assistance: The state also awards down payment assistance funds to local organizations to further expand the opportunity for homeownership. To qualify, you must complete homebuyer education as well as recommended coaching from the qualified organization.

How to find the best mortgage rate in Oregon 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 begin shopping.
  • Step 3: Know your mortgage options - There are a few different types of mortgages to consider.
  • 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 an accurate loan estimate for your specific situation. Plus, having it will show sellers you’re serious when you make an offer.

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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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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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