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Initial rates displayed are based on a $200,000 loan for a purchase or refinance transaction of an owner occupied, single-family residence with 62.5% LTV and 740 credit score and no cash out. By adjusting these assumptions you can update the type of loan, property, credit rating, and down payment that you are looking for. The rates were submitted by each individual lender/broker on the date indicated. Rate/APR terms offered by advertisers may differ from those listed above based on the creditworthiness of the borrower and other differences between an individual loan and the loan criteria used for the HSH quotes. Annual percentage rate in ARM products may increase after the loan is closed. More Info. These quotes are from banks, thrifts and brokers who have paid for a link to their website in the listings above and you can find additional information about their loan programs on their websites.

Massachusetts Mortgage Rates

Comparing Massachusetts Mortgage Rates with National Rates

In order to help you see how Massachusetts mortgage rates compare with National rates, check out the following rate table from the industry website mortgagenewsdaily.com. These rates represent national averages and are based on specific loan assumptions. 

Shopping for Best Mortgage Rates in Massachusetts

It is important to shop around for the best terms. Make sure that you compare rates, lender fees and learn about third party fees. When comparing mortgage offers check out the term (length), interest rate (fixed vs. variable), and if applicable the cost of mortgage insurance. Get more information about mortgage rates and mortgage fees. Also, FHA loans, which always require mortgage insurance, differ from conventional loans, which require Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if your loan to value ratio (LTV) is over 80%.  Make sure that you use all of your costs when comparing loans.

Qualifying for a Mortgage in Massachusetts

In order to qualify for the best mortgage rates in Massachusetts it is important to have an excellent credit score. Also, you want to make sure that your debt to income ratio (DTI) and your downpayment or equity position , your loan to value ratio (LTV) are sufficient to qualify. Read this Bills.com article about qualifying for a mortgage.

 Mortgage Resources for Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the fifteenth most populous US state. According to the US census, as of 2017, there is an estimated population of over 6.8 million residents, which represents 2.1% of the US population. Massachusetts is home to many Universities including top ranking Harvard and MIT. It also has a vibrant high-tech sector located on Route 128 in Boston. Also, Massachusetts has 13 of the top ranked Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric and two Insurance companies. 

Based on 2015 HMDA data, Massachusetts compared to National loan program distribution, has a higher percentage of conventional loans (83% vs 68% nationally). Both FHA loans  and VA loans were about 6-7% lower than the national average.

Here are some outside resources that can help you understand the Massachusetts mortgage environment:

  1. FHA loan amounts in Massachusetts: (note:set the table to Massachusetts). There are 14 counties in the state of Massachusetts of which of which 14% of the single family units meet the Highest loan limit, currently at $636,150. Only 14% of the counties are at the Standard loan limit, currently at $275,665. The remaining 72% are between those two limits.
  2. FHFA Conventional Loan Amounts: Check the pdf from FHFA for all states and search for Massachusetts and your county or check out the FHFA conforming limit map. Since the FHFA has higher base limits than the FHA, currently at $424,100, there are 43% of the counties that fit this category. 14% of the counties have the Highest Loan limit of $636,150. The remaining 43% are between those two limits.
  3. Massachusetts First Home Buyer Programs: There are programs for first time home buyers in Massachusetts, specially geared to help low income families. The One Mortgage program offers a low down payment loan (only 3%), no PMI, and for some borrowers who qualify based on income criteria, subsidized mortgage payments up to seven years. Other programs include a loan for veterans, and homebuyer education programs.
  4. Check out the Hud’s website for more information about homeowner programs and homeowner education programs. 

Mortgage Trends and Statistics for Massachusetts

Mortgage rates, loan amounts, LTV, (etc) vary based on areas. The FHFA provides a useful insight into differences in conventional loans. based on Metropolitan Areas.

Source of Data: FHFA Historical Table  - (TERMS ON CONVENTIONAL HOME MORTGAGES) Table V - Averages for Major Metropolitan Areas: Loans Closed

Check out some differences in One MSA area in Massachusetts:

  • Mortgage Rates for Conventional Loans in One MSA in Massachusetts
  • Mortgage Fees in One MSA in Massachusetts
  • Loan Amount in Massachusetts for One MSA
  • LTV over 90% in One MSA in Massachusetts

 

Mortgage Rates for Conventional Loans in One MSA in Massachusetts

 

Mortgage Fees in One MSA in Massachusetts

 

Loan Amount in Massachusetts for One MSA

 

LTV over 90% in One MSA in Massachusetts for One MSA

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  • 35x35
    Aug, 2014
    Brad
    These rates are very helpful. I would recommend locking in long duration (30 year fixed rates) loans if you plan to live in your home for an extended period of time.
    1 Votes

  • GM
    May, 2013
    Grant
    Are rates rising, and should I lock in a rate in the current low mortgage rate environment?
    2 Votes

    • BA
      May, 2013
      Bill
      Mortgage rates constantly fluctuate. I recommend shopping around for a mortgage that fits your budget and has the right mix of interest rate and fees. Locking your rate is a great idea if you know the time frame that you will close the loan. Most loan offers have a 30-day lock period. If you pass the time of the lock, you may need to pay additional fees.
      3 Votes

  • NR
    Sep, 2012
    Natalia
    Cars and houses are quite expensive and not everybody is able to buy it. However, loans are created to support different people in such kind of situations.
    2 Votes

  • MC
    Jan, 2012
    Mark
    Playa Del Rey, CA
    Are mortgage rates on HARP loans higher than on conventional loans? What about the fees? Thanks!
    0 Votes

    • BA
      Jan, 2012
      Bill
      Mortgage rates and fees for HARP loans, will be similar to rates on other conventional loans. However, due to the fact that HARP loans are offered by fewer lenders, you can expect a premium on the price. Many people are restricted to going to their original lender/servicer, due to a high DTI. If that is the case the room for negotiating is low. I recommend that you shop around for the best rate. The automated underwriting systems for new lenders will be available in March 2012.
      2 Votes

  • KH
    Nov, 2011
    kelly
    Palm Bay, FL
    I went through a divorce in 2005 and found out that my name was not on anything we were paying on. So even though we owned 2 homes and paid on time always, my FICO credit score right now is 530. I know this is really bad. I am in the position now to be able to put at least $20,000 down on a home listed at $87900. Do you think anyone will give me a loan with this awful credit score. I do have a steady income and very low bills. No credit cards or other debt. only utilities and rent right now. Even with my down payment is it going to be implossible to find someone to approve me for a mortgage loan?
    0 Votes

    • BA
      Nov, 2011
      Bill
      I doubt you will qualify for a reasonable loan when you have, essentially, no credit history. Focus your energy on building your credit history.
      0 Votes

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