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Finding the lowest rate mortgage in sunny California will take some organization on your part-maybe more organization than it takes to navigate the Golden State's freeway system. The fact is, you have many mortgage options, and comparing all of them can be a chore. Start by deciding what type of cost savings is most important to you: the best interest rate, the lowest possible payment, or low overall interest expenses. No matter which objective you're after, and whether you're home refinancing or purchasing, you can find a mortgage loan that will meet your needs. The options available in California include fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit. has a host of resources to help you find and evaluate these options. You can easily compare mortgage rates by loan type, or use our mortgage calculators to compare payments. You can also review amortization tables and browse California brokers and lenders in our broker directory.


California Rate Map

This California Rate Map lets you see what sort of mortgage rates other borrowers around the state have been able to obtain. Each individual marker represents a single mortgage loan.

Use the map to find out what sort of mortgage rates borrowers were able to get in with various credit scores, loan amounts, loan-to-value ratios and other factors, and in various communities around the state.

This rate map project is our effort to help make the mortgage process more transparent for all borrowers. If you’d like to participate, just click on the “Share Your Rate” link above the map to anonymously share the mortgage rate you were able to get on a recent loan. Your fellow consumers will thank you!

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Mortgage Loan Types

Here's a quick review of the mortgage loan types available in California and how their rates compare to one another. Fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) carry the same interest rate and payment amount throughout the loan's life. These mortgages usually mature in 30 years, but lower rate, 15-year programs are also common. Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) start out with low rates and low monthly payments, but are subject to rate increases over time. Second mortgages, which include home equity loans and HELOCs, can carry a fixed or adjustable interest rate. Rates on second mortgages are higher than refinance rates.


Refinancing an existing mortgage can lower your payment, provide you with a lump sum of cash, or allow you to consolidate higher cost debt. To lower your payment, you have to refinance with a lower rate mortgage, or lengthen the loan's maturity. To consolidate or cash out, you must have sufficient equity in your home; this comes from an increase in the home's value, or from a decrease in your mortgage loan balance.

Comparing Mortgages

Ultimately, the key to getting the best rate on your mortgage or refinance is comparison shopping. Once you understand the options available to you in California, you can start comparing interest rates and gathering lender quotes. Don't assume that you'll be offered a lender's lowest advertised rate; these are reserved for borrowers with above-average credit. If you have bad credit, it might be helpful to review California rates by credit quality and loan type.

As you collect quotes, take care to compare your options on an apples-to-apples basis-some mortgage rate quotes, for example, may assume the upfront payment of points, while others may be quoted without points.

To sum it up, here's how to find the best mortgage rates in California, step-by-step:

  1. Review and compare market rates
  2. Calculate payments and amortization tables for different loan types
  3. Contact lenders and brokers to request quotes

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