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Today's national VA mortgage rate trends

For today, Thursday, October 21, 2021, the national average 30-year VA mortgage APR is 2.990%, down compared to last week’s of 3.030%. The national average 30-year VA refinance APR is 3.060%, down compared to last week’s of 3.110%.

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We’ve determined the national averages for mortgage and refinance rates from our most recent survey of the nation’s largest refinance lenders. Our own mortgage and refinance rates are calculated at the close of the business day, and include annual percentage rates and/or annual percentage yields. The rate averages tend to be volatile, and are intended to help consumers identify day-to-day movement.

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Current VA loan rates

The table below brings together a comprehensive national survey of mortgage lenders to help you know what are the most competitive VA loan rates. This interest rate table is updated daily to give you the most current rates when choosing an VA mortgage home loan.

Lenders nationwide provide weekday mortgage rates to our comprehensive national survey to bring you the most current rates available. Here you can see the latest marketplace average rates for a wide variety of purchase loans. The interest rate table below is updated daily to give you the most current purchase rates when choosing a home loan. APRs and rates are based on no existing relationship or automatic payments. For these averages, the customer profile includes a 740 FICO score and a single-family residence. To learn more, see understanding Bankrate rate averages.
Product Interest Rate APR
30-Year Fixed Rate 3.180% 3.350%
30-Year Fixed-Rate VA 2.820% 2.990%
20-Year Fixed Rate 3.040% 3.200%
15-Year Fixed Rate 2.460% 2.690%
7/1 ARM 2.910% 3.820%
5/1 ARM 2.800% 3.920%
10/1 ARM 3.050% 4.040%
30-Year Fixed-Rate FHA 2.720% 3.590%
30-Year Fixed-Rate Jumbo 3.180% 3.270%
15-Year Fixed-Rate Jumbo 2.460% 2.530%
7/1 ARM Jumbo 3.090% 3.660%
5/1 ARM Jumbo 2.950% 3.600%

Top 5 Bankrate VA lenders

Methodology

Bankrate helps thousands of borrowers find mortgage and refinance lenders every day. To determine the top mortgage lenders, we analyzed proprietary data across more than 150 lenders to assess which on our platform received the most inquiries within a three-month period. We then assigned superlatives based on factors such as fees, products offered, convenience and other criteria. These top lenders are updated regularly.

  • First Mortgage Direct – Best no-fee lender
  • Cardinal Financial Company – Best for low-credit score borrowers
  • LowRates.com – Best overall
  • McGlone Mortgage Group – Best for first-time homebuyers
  • First Midwest Bank – Best bank lender

First Mortgage Direct – Best no-fee lender

First Mortgage Direct is the online arm of First Mortgage Solutions, based in Kansas City, Missouri, and operating in 19 states.

Strengths: First Mortgage Direct doesn’t charge an origination fee or any other hidden costs, and accepts credit scores as low as 580 for VA loans. The lender typically closes loans in 30 days (but refinances take 60).

Weaknesses: First Mortgage Direct is available only in 19 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington), so it’s not an option for everyone.

Read Bankrate's First Mortgage Direct review

Cardinal Financial Company – Best for low-credit score borrowers

Cardinal Financial Company, which also does business as Sebonic Financial, is licensed across the U.S., offering both in-person and online service.

Strengths: Borrowers with a credit score as low as 550 could be eligible for a VA loan through Cardinal Financial, and can close in 30 days, on average. In addition, the lender’s Octane system guides borrowers through the financing process with a customized to-do list and loan status updates.

Weaknesses: Cardinal Financial’s website doesn’t offer interest rate information for VA or other types of loans.

Read Bankrate's Cardinal Financial Company mortgage review

LowRates.com – Best overall

LowRates.com, which is operated by Sun West Mortgage Company, is an online lender available in almost every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Strengths: LowRates.com has a diverse range of loan options for both purchases and refinances. Notably, the lender offers VA loans to borrowers with a credit score as low as 500.

Weaknesses: The lender isn’t licensed in Georgia or Massachusetts.

Read Bankrate's LowRates.com mortgage review

McGlone Mortgage Group – Best for first-time homebuyers

McGlone Mortgage Group, operated by Homestead Funding Corp., offers the full suite of mortgage products, and has been in business for more than two decades. The lender is available in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Strengths: McGlone Mortgage Group has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and the lender works with some state programs geared toward first-time homebuyers, as well as offers first-timers access to jumbo loans. Whether you’re looking for a VA loan or other kind of mortgage, you can use its mobile app to calculate payments, scan documents and keep in regular communication with your loan officer.

Weaknesses: The lender isn’t licensed nationwide (not available in Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri or Nevada).

Read Bankrate's McGlone Mortgage Group reviews

First Midwest Bank – Best bank lender

First Midwest Bank, headquartered in Illinois and with more than 100 locations, has roots stretching back to the 1940s. The bank offers a range of banking, lending and wealth management products, including VA loans.

Strengths: First Midwest Bank waives its fee for VA loans, and if you’re a first-time homebuyer, you could be eligible for a down payment assistance program ranging from $3,000 to $6,000. If you’re a banking client, you can also get a rebate on your closing.

Weaknesses: The closing rebates are only available if you have an Easy, Midwest or Diamond checking account, and if you prefer an in-person experience, the bank’s branches are in just a handful of states. You’ll also need to contact the bank for a rate quote; this information isn’t displayed online.

First Midwest Bank mortgage review

What is a VA loan?

VA home loans are mortgages that are partially backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA. They are available to current or former members of the military, and can be a great option for borrowers who qualify. VA loans don’t require a down payment or mortgage insurance. This makes them especially competitive with other loans that allow for low down payments, because those usually require mortgage insurance if the buyer puts down less than 20 percent. Mortgage insurance can add hundreds of dollars to your mortgage bill each month.

"The VA loan program is one of the best available for eligible homebuyers,” says Kevin Parker, vice president of field mortgage originations at Navy Federal Credit Union. “VA loans offer lower interest rates than conventional products which means VA buyers can save money in interest over the life of the loan. VA loans also do not require down payments which can be an especially attractive benefit for first-time homebuyers. Additionally, VA buyers do not have to pay private mortgage insurance, which is sometimes required when paying little down on a conventional product and can add a significant cost to monthly mortgage payments.”

VA loans have specific appraisal and home inspection requirements, which allows buyers to feel more confident in the property they are purchasing, Parker points out.

Who sets VA loan rates?

VA loan lenders determine VA loan rates, which can be lower than the interest rates for conventional loans. VA loans come from a variety of mortgage lenders, including banks, non-bank institutions and credit unions.

It’s important to shop around, as rates can differ widely by lender. In fact, a 2020 study by mortgage technology company Own Up found that in a cohort of 20 VA loan lenders, the interest rates from the highest-cost lender and lowest-cost lender differed by up to 1.25 percentage points. A gap like that, and even slight changes in interest rate, can significantly impact the overall cost of your loan.

Pros and cons of VA loans

A VA loan offers several benefits you may not get with other types of loans.

  • Generally lower rates than conventional mortgages
  • More flexible credit underwriting
  • No down payment or mortgage insurance requirement
  • Refinance options: If you currently have a VA loan, you can get an Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) with a lower rate and lower your monthly payments, or do a VA cash-out refinance. If you currently have another type of mortgage, you can refinance it into a VA loan with a lower rate and applicable benefits if you’re eligible.

However, there are also potential drawbacks.

  • Certain eligibility requirements
  • Generally can’t be used to purchase a second home or investment property, with some exceptions
  • VA funding fee based on current duty status, amount of down payment (if making one) and how much is borrowed

Who qualifies for a VA loan?

VA loans are made by private lenders and are available to active duty service members, veterans, current and former National Guard and reserve members, and surviving spouses. Interested borrowers will need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Veterans
  • Active duty servicemember
  • Current or former National Guard or Reserve member (regardless of whether they have been activated for Federal Service)
  • Discharged member of the National Guard (wh(regardless of whether they have been activated for Federal Service)
  • Surviving spouse

Eligible homebuyers can apply for a certificate of eligibility in several ways: by mail, online or through your lender.

How a VA loan compares to other mortgage rates

In general, VA loans tend to have lower rates than other mortgages such as conventional loans and FHA loans. Below, you can see how a VA loan differs from a conventional 30-year fixed mortgage.

VA loan vs. 30-year fixed mortgage

VA Loan 30-Year Fixed Loan Conventional 30-Year Fixed Loan
House price $300,000 $300,000
Down payment $9,000 (3%) $9,000 (3%)
Loan amount $291,000 $291,000
Interest rate 3.000% 3.130%
Principal + interest $1,226 $1,247
PMI (mortgage insurance) $0 $121 (0.50%)
Total monthly payment $1,226 $1,368
*Based on March 2021 rates

How do I find the best VA loan rates?

Different mortgage lenders offer different rates, so it’s important to shop around if you want to get the best deal. You can check our rate table regularly for current information on various lenders. You can also visit lenders’ websites to see their VA interest rates today, and research the best VA mortgage lenders.

How are VA purchase rates different from VA refinance rates?

VA loan purchase rates can vary from the rates you’d find on a VA loan refinance. The rate you may get for either depends on factors such as:

  • Credit history
  • Loan-to-value ratio
  • Loan term

If current interest rates are lower than the rate on your existing mortgage, now may be a good time to refinance.

How are VA loan rates determined?

VA loan rates are contingent on a variety of factors ranging from your credit and financial situation to economic conditions. A credit score of 620 and above can get you a more favorable VA loan rate, but there is no minimum credit requirement set by the VA. In general, the lower your credit score, the higher the interest rate you’ll receive for your mortgage.

VA loan lenders also look at your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, which is the total of all your monthly debts including the new mortgage payment divided by your gross monthly income. A DTI ratio of 41 percent or lower is usually preferred.

Economic conditions can shape the VA loan rate you receive as well. During recessions, rates tend to drop lower. If the economy is doing well, rates generally rise.

What are VA loan fees?

If you’re borrowing a VA loan, there will be other costs in addition to interest you pay on the mortgage. The first is the VA funding fee, which varies based on the size of your down payment, how much you borrow and your current duty status, as well as whether this is your first time borrowing a VA loan.

There are also closing costs for a VA loan, which can include the price of a credit check, a VA appraisal fee and title insurance, among other expenses.

Learn more about VA loans

Written by: Dhara Singh, mortgage reporter for Bankrate

Dhara Singh is a mortgage reporter for Bankrate. She is a former data analyst turned financial journalist who previously worked at Yahoo Finance, CNET, Cashay.com and JPMorgan Chase covering the housing and retirement beats.

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10-Year Loan 10-Year Mortgage Rates 10-Year Refinance Rates
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