Pennsylvania Mortgage and Refinance Rates
On Friday, June 02, 2023, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.00%. The national average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.07%, according to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.
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Current mortgage rates in Pennsylvania
While mortgage rates have leveled off some since jumping in 2022, today’s higher rate environment still makes housing affordability a challenge for Pennsylvania homebuyers, and refinances less desirable for homeowners. While mortgage rates are difficult to predict, many housing economists expect them to remain well above their historical lows for the foreseeable future.
As of Friday, June 2, 2023, current interest rates in Pennsylvania are 6.92% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.36% for a 15-year fixed mortgage.
Refinance rates in Pennsylvania
How to find the best mortgage rate in Pennsylvania for you
When shopping for a mortgage, compare at least three loan offers — research shows this exercise can save you thousands of dollars over the life of a loan.
Bankrate can help you find the best mortgage deal. Here are some basic steps to securing a loan on favorable terms:
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 standing if needed. This means pulling your credit score and credit reports. You’re entitled to a free credit report from each of the three main reporting bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), which you can get through AnnualCreditReport.com.
Step 2: Determine your budget
To find the right mortgage, you’ll need a good handle on how much house you can afford. That’s because a lender could qualify you for more mortgage than you need, or one that would max out your budget and leave no room for unexpected expenses.
Step 3: Know your mortgage options
There are a few different types of mortgages. Many lenders offer conventional loans that require as little as 3 percent down. FHA loans also have a low down payment threshold, while VA loans (for veterans) and USDA loans (for borrowers in rural areas) have no down payment requirement. If you’re in the market for a jumbo loan, check Pennsylvania’s county-by-county loan limits.
Step 4: Compare rates and terms from several lenders
Don’t settle on the first lender you talk to — rate-shop with at least three different banks or mortgage companies. You can look to your bank or other banks, credit unions, online lenders and local independents to ensure you’re getting the best deal on rates, fees and terms.
Step 5: Get preapproved for a mortgage
As you comparison-shop, keep in mind that getting a mortgage preapproval is the only way to get accurate loan pricing for your specific situation.
Mortgage options in Pennsylvania
If you’re looking to get a mortgage in Pennsylvania, there are several options:
- Pennsylvania conventional mortgages: To qualify for a conventional mortgage, you’ll need a minimum credit score of 620 and a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio 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) premiums, as well.
- Pennsylvania 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.
- Pennsylvania VA loans: If you’re a veteran or active-duty member of the military, you might qualify for a mortgage backed 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 starts at 2.15 percent for homebuyers.
First-time homebuyer programs in Pennsylvania
The Keystone State offers many first-time homebuyer programs to encourage people to buy their first house, condo or townhome. Learn more about Pennsylvania first-time homebuyer programs.
Through the PHFA, homebuyers can obtain a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage that has a more affordable interest rate and fewer fees. The loans include conventional mortgages, VA loans, FHA loans or USDA rural development loans. The household income and limits on home prices vary with each program:
- HFA Preferred (Lo MI) loan helps homebuyers with lower down payments obtain cheaper private mortgage insurance (PMI). When homebuyers do not have 20 percent for the down payment, lenders require PMI. The program is open to all homebuyers and there are no purchase price limits. Borrowers must contribute at least $1,000 toward the down payment.
- Keystone Home loan program serves first-time homebuyers, discharged veterans of the armed forces and buyers of homes in targeted Pennsylvania counties for conventional mortgages, VA loans, FHA loans or USDA loans. Each type of loan has different requirements.
- Keystone Government works with mortgage lenders and brokers to provide homebuyers with affordable mortgages in the form of FHA loans, VA loans or USDA loans. You don’t have to be a first-time homebuyer to apply for this program.