Today's Mortgage Rates
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The Florida housing market can be chaotic and challenging. But Florida mortgage rates are fairly temperate by comparison. They rise and fall over time, but you rarely see the kind of volatility that marks the housing market itself.
That said, there's a lot of variety in Florida home loans and the mortgage interest rates and terms that come with them. Different borrowers will find that different home loans are best suited for them and their situation, and will come with different rates. For example:
- A professional couple buying a condo in Miami
- A first-time homebuyer in Jacksonville
- An established homeowner refinancing his mortgage in Tampa
- A successful business owner purchasing a high-end golf course home in Orlando
- A veteran buying a home in Pensacola
- A long-time resident seeking a home improvement loan in Tallahassee
Options for Florida home loans
Each of these borrowers and their situations may call for a different kind of loan, with different mortgage rates. Florida borrowers might choose the following options, for example:
- A professional couple may opt for a conventional Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loan. For borrowers with good credit, these typically offer the lowest fees and best mortgage rates in Florida.
- A first-time homebuyer with so-so credit and limited funds may choose a FHA loan. Florida borrowers often choose these when they're looking for less stringent credit or down payment requirements.
- A homeowner who's refinancing may opt to go with a 15-year mortgage, allowing them to pay off their home faster. Shorter loans have lower refinance rates than longer ones do, so Florida homeowners can sometimes knock several years off their loan with little or no increase in monthly payments.
- Someone purchasing a high-end property may need to go for a jumbo mortgage if the loan amount exceeds what they can finance with a conventional mortgage. Jumbo mortgage rates in Florida and elsewhere tend to run a bit higher than other loans, though.
- Qualifying veterans and those currently serving in the military will find great deals with VA loans, which require no money down up to a generous limit. VA mortgage rates in Florida and elsewhere are competitive with conventional loans as well.
- Florida home equity loans are another type of mortgage, and are often used for home improvements. Because they're considered second liens, home equity loan rates are a bit higher than you'd pay for refinance rates or a home purchase.
HELOCs, or home equity lines of credit, are another type of home equity loan where you can draw against a line of credit as you wish, rather than borrowing a single lump sum. These are set up as adjustable-rate loans, so Florida HELOC rates tend to run lower than fixed home equity loan rates, though they may move up or down over time.
Finding the best mortgage rates in Florida
Regardless of your situation or the type of loan you're looking for, to get the best mortgage rates in Florida you need to shop around. Florida mortgage rates not only vary based on the loan type and the borrower's profile, they also vary from lender to lender – sometimes, quite a bit.
The table at the top of the page shows current Florida mortgage rates. Those are the average mortgage rates in Florida that borrowers are paying. You may pay more or less, but you shouldn't pay a lot more unless you have poor credit.
To find out what mortgage interest rates Florida lenders will offer you, call around to a number of lenders and ask what rate they would offer a borrower with your credit seeking the type and amount of loan you're interested in. They can then cite you a rate based on current mortgage rates in Florida.
You can also use a rate request form such as the one at the top of this page to request personalized rate quotes from a number of lenders simultaneously – there are options for home purchase, refinance and home equity loans. That's one of the easiest ways to get personalized quotes and there's no commitment required – give it a try!