Mortgage Rates for Today

Iowa Frequently Asked Questions

Iowa's appeal for homebuyers lies in its friendly communities, affordable living, and strong sense of community. With excellent schools and a low crime rate, it's a great place to raise a family. As you consider buying a home in Iowa, remember to compare our current rates to secure a budget-friendly mortgage.

If you have any questions about securing the best mortgage rates in Iowa, please contact us today. We are here to assist you in finding the mortgage rates that best suit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions from Iowa Borrowers

What is considered a good mortgage interest rate?

When exploring mortgage rates, it's essential to evaluate not only the interest rate but also consider additional loan terms such as annual percentage rates (APRs), fees, and closing costs. A comprehensive comparison of loan specifics from multiple lenders is crucial in identifying the most advantageous deal tailored to your circumstances.

Should I lock my mortgage rate?

Mortgage rates are subject to frequent and unpredictable changes. Contemplating locking your mortgage rate may be prudent under the following conditions:

  • Rising rates: If there's a sustained upward trend in rates over several weeks or months, securing your rate ensures it won't exceed the initially qualified rate.
  • Federal Reserve meeting: Anticipating a potential rate increase during a Federal Reserve meeting, consider locking your rate before the meeting for financial security.
  • Desire for financial certainty: Locking your rate guarantees a stable monthly mortgage payment, shielding you from unexpected changes.
  • Set closing date: If your closing date is fixed with no expected delays, securing your rate is a strategic decision.

How long does a mortgage rate lock last?

The specific lock-in period may vary, but generally, you can secure a mortgage rate for 30 to 60 days. Once the rate lock expires, unless the lender agrees to an extension, the initially locked rate is no longer guaranteed. Changes in factors like credit score, loan amount, debt-to-income ratio, or appraisal value during the lock-in period could potentially void the initial rate lock.

Is it possible for me to negotiate my mortgage rates?

Depending on your credit qualifications and willingness to obtain quotes from multiple lenders, negotiating a lower mortgage rate may be feasible. Another option is purchasing mortgage points, where paying a percentage of the interest upfront can reduce the interest rate and monthly payments. A mortgage point is equivalent to approximately 1% of the total loan amount, translating to around $2,500 on a $250,000 loan.

How are interest rates determined?

Lenders establish interest rates for their loan products, influenced by factors such as the Federal Reserve's actions, economic conditions, and consumer demand. Changes in short-term rates by the Federal Reserve can prompt lenders to adjust mortgage rates. Individual considerations, including credit score, down payment, income, as well as the varying levels of risk and operational expenses for lenders, can also impact mortgage rates.

How frequently do mortgage rates change?

Mortgage rates can vary daily, influenced by factors like inflation, the bond market, and the overall housing market.

we’re right around the corner

We have branches across the country. Check to see if we’re in your neighborhood.