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Texas Mortgage and Refinance Rates

On Sunday, July 21, 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 interest rates in Texas

As of Sunday, July 21, 2024, current interest rates in Texas are 7.00% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and 6.37% for a 15-year fixed mortgage.

The median home sale price in the state was up 1.6 percent year-over-year as of the first quarter of 2024, according to Texas Realtors, the state’s Realtor group. The biggest price increases were in Odessa, Midland and Texarkana. Those gains, coupled with today’s higher mortgage rate environment, continue to make housing affordability a challenge.

Refinance rates in Texas

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, mortgage refinance rates have more than doubled. This makes knowing when to refinance a hard decision for many Texans. However, because home values have also risen, 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.

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. Remember that rates change frequently, and fluctuations can happen in response to several market forces and Federal policy. 

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 Sunday, July 21, 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, April 2024: $10,000
  • Median home sales price, Q1 2024: $330,950
  • Most popular cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth

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 of 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), 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 for the first use.
  • Texas USDA loans: If you’re buying a rural property in Texas, you might be eligible for a mortgage guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These loans don’t require a down payment, but you’ll need to purchase in a designated rural area and meet the area’s income limits.

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 programs help buyers who haven’t owned a home in the past three years.

  • 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.

How to find the best mortgage rate in Texas

  • 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, credit unions and/or mortgage companies to get the best deal.
  • Step 5: Get preapproved for a mortgage - Getting a mortgage preapproval is the only way to get accurate loan pricing for your specific situation.

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Meet our Bankrate experts

Written by: Jeff Ostrowski, Principal Reporter, Mortgages

I cover mortgages and the housing market. Before joining Bankrate in 2020, I spent more than 20 years writing about real estate and the economy for the Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Business Journal. I’ve had a front-row seat for two housing booms and a housing bust. I’ve twice won gold awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and since 2017 I’ve served on the nonprofit’s board of directors.

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Laurie Richards, 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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