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Texas Mortgage and Refinance Rates

On Monday, April 22, 2024, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage APR is 7.34%. The national average 30-year fixed refinance APR is 7.34%, according ... to Bankrate's latest survey of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

Current mortgage interest rates in Texas

As of Monday, April 22, 2024, current interest rates in Texas are 7.46% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.84% for a 15-year fixed mortgage.

The median home sale price in the state was down 1.5 percent year-over-year as of the third quarter of 2023, according to Texas Realtors, the state’s Realtor group. Despite the dip, most of the state’s biggest cities saw prices rise. Those gains, coupled with today’s higher mortgage rate environment, continue to make housing affordability a challenge.

Refinance rates in Texas

While mortgage refinance rates have more than doubled since the pandemic, many Texas 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.

Learn more: Why and how to do a cash-out refinance

Texas 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 Texas.

Learn more: Latest mortgage rate forecast

National mortgage rates by loan type

Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 7.29% 7.34%
15-Year Fixed Rate 6.74% 6.82%
5-1 ARM 6.68% 7.92%
30-Year Fixed Rate FHA 7.13% 7.18%
30-Year Fixed Rate VA 7.28% 7.32%
30-Year Fixed Rate Jumbo 7.38% 7.44%

Rates as of Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:30 AM

 

 

Mortgage statistics for Texas

Texas is home to a diverse economy. Houston and Dallas are two of the nation’s largest metro areas, and Austin is a burgeoning tech hub. Here are some statistics about mortgages and the housing market in The Lone Star State:

  • Homeownership rate, Q4 2023: 63.2% 
  • Median down payment, Dec. 2023: $12,583
  • Median home sales price, Q3 2023: $340,000

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

Mortgage options in Texas

If you’re looking to get a mortgage in Texas, you have several options, depending on what you qualify for:

  • Texas conventional mortgages: To qualify for a conventional mortgage, you’ll generally need a minimum credit score of 620 and a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio less 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.
  • Texas FHA loans: If your credit history disqualifies you from a conventional mortgage, you might be able to secure a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). A credit score of at least 580 can help you get an FHA loan with a down payment of just 3.5 percent. You can still get an FHA loan with a credit score of 500, but that requires a 10 percent down payment. With an FHA loan, you’ll typically need a DTI between 31 percent to 41 percent. FHA loans generally have lower interest rates than conventional loans.
  • Texas VA loans: If you’re a veteran or active-duty member of the military, you may 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 to start.

 

Learn more: Types of home loans

First-time homebuyer programs in Texas

If you’re looking to purchase your first home in The Lone Star State, you could be eligible for one or more first-time homebuyer programs. Most help buyers who haven’t owned a home in the past three years. Learn more about Texas first-time homebuyer programs:

  • My First Texas Home: Managed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the My First Texas Home program offers mortgages designed with smaller monthly payments. The program also provides small loans to help homebuyers cover down payments and closing costs. These can be worth up to 5 percent of your mortgage. You can find a participating lender online.
  • Homes Sweet Texas Home Loan Program: You don’t need to be a first-time homebuyer to take advantage of the Homes Sweet Texas Home Loan program, which offers 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and down payment assistance grants worth up to 5 percent of the loan amount. You don’t need to pay the grants back, but you do need to meet certain income limits, which vary by county. You can find a participating lender online.
  • Homes for Texas Heroes Home Loan Program: The Homes for Texas Heroes Home Loan Program is open to police officers, veterans, teachers, corrections officers and emergency medical services personnel. The benefits are the same as those in the Homes Sweet Texas Home Loan Program.
  • Mortgage credit certificate (MCC): Mortgage credit certificates offered by the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) let you take tax credits based on how much you pay in interest on your mortgage each year.

Learn more: Texas first-time homebuyer assistance programs

How to find the best mortgage rate in Texas 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 or mortgage companies.
  • Step 5: Get preapproved for a mortgage - Getting a mortgage preapproval is the only way to get accurate loan pricing for your specific situation.

Learn more: How to get a mortgage

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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