Overview of Vermont Mortgages
Vermont is dotted with quaint towns, covered bridges and gorgeous natural lookouts that make the state a popular place to own a home. Vermont’s mortgage rates don’t have a clear historical trend, tending to vary slightly above or below the national average. Vermont counties’ conforming limits are uniform, but the FHA limits see more variation.
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Vermont Mortgage Rates Quick Facts
Historical Mortgage Rates in Vermont
If you’ve always dreamed of living in New England, Vermont is quintessentially northeastern. The state is the second least populated in the country. Vermont mortgage rates historically run slightly above or slightly below the national average rates. Current rates for 2016 are just about equal with the national average.
Vermont Historic Mortgage Rates
|Year||Vermont Rate||U.S. Rate|
Vermont Mortgages Overview
Vermont homes are nearly on-par with the national average. Homes in the state have an average sale price of $232,050, while the nation’s average is at $236,450, according to Zillow.
Vermont Mortgage Rates
|Percentage of Homes||88.40%|
|Average Property Value||$153,597.33|
|Percentage of Homes||10.20%|
|Average Property Value||$141,069.26|
|Percentage of Homes||0.80%|
|Average Property Value||$167,549.94|
|Percentage of Homes||0.60%|
|Average Property Value||$173,084.20|
The conforming loan limits for Vermont hold steady at $417,000, but the FHA limits range from the average of $271,050 up to $342,700. Five Vermont counties have above-average FHA limits, they are Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Lamoille.
Conforming and FHA Loan Limits by County
|County||Conforming Limit||FHA Limit|
Selling your place in Vermont? You’re not going to come across a required, formal disclosure statement, but you do need to be upfront about certain issues. Vermont is pretty tough on lead-based paint disclosure, per its Vermont Lead Law. Additionally, if you plan on working with a licensed real estate agent, you will be required to disclose property hazards as well as any defects with the wiring, plumbing, roof, heating system or water system.
As a buyer, it’s imperative that you schedule a home inspection to protect your purchase from becoming a massive money pit.
30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates in Vermont
If you want to settle down in the Green Mountain State for the long haul, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is likely going to be your best option. It is also the most common home mortgage among buyers, which makes sense considering it offers lower payments and a fixed interest rate. You can also choose a fixed-rate mortgage with a 15-year term and pay a lower interest rate, which costs less over the life of the loan but it more expensive in monthly payments.
The average Vermont mortgage rate for fixed-rate 30-year mortgages is 4.18%.
Vermont Jumbo Loan Rates
There are conforming loan limits in each state to help set a limit for lenders to determine risk. Home loans that exceed those limits are known as “jumbo loans.” Every Vermont county has a conforming loan limit at the standard $417,000. This means that if you take out a home loan anywhere in the state that exceeds $417,000, you will be taking out a jumbo loan. Be aware that jumbo loans have higher interest rates to offset the added risk on the part of the lender.
The average jumbo loan rate in Vermont is 3.75%.
Vermont ARM Loan Rates
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is one that offers a lower interest rate for an introductory period of somewhere between one and 10 years. Once that period is up, the interest rate can change and it will usually increase. That doesn’t mean that the interest rate is going to suddenly rise to an obscenely high level though. The rate is capped at a certain level specified in the terms of the loan, so you are aware from the beginning how high the interest rate could possibly reach. However, the rate may still adjust to a level that you can’t afford. Before deciding on an ARM, it’s best to assess the potential maximum interest rate listed in the terms to see if it’s something you would be comfortable paying.
The average rate for an ARM in Vermont is 3%.
Vermont Mortgage Resources
Green Mountain State buyers have options when it comes to securing a mortgage or financing their home purchases.
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board specializes in keeping Vermont a safe, desirable place to live. Its offerings include the HOMELAND Program which provides up to $44,000 to eligible buyers toward the cost of their home.
|Resource||Problem or Issue||Who Qualifies||Website|
|Vermont Housing & Conservation Board||Home funding assistance of up to $44,000.||Eligible Vermont homebuyers who complete a homebuyer education course.||http://www.vhcb.org/home-ownership-programs.html|
|USDA Rural Development - Single family loans||Offers payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability.||Applicants must be without decent, safe and sanitary housing; Be unable to obtain a loan from other resources on terms and conditions that can reasonably be expected to meet; Agree to occupy the property as your primary residence; Have the legal capacity to incur a loan obligation; Meet citizenship or eligible noncitizen requirements; Not be suspended or debarred from participation in federal programs.||http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/single-family-housing-programs|
|Home Affordable Refinance Program||Refinancing.||Single family homes and condos that fit within lending loan limits.||http://www.harp.gov/|
Vermont is also eligible for the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The USDA offers programs in rural communities across the nation, which help residents obtain housing. Check at the start of your home search to see if you qualify for the USDA rural development offers. Qualifying applicants can access loans and grants to put toward the purchase of a home.
Vermont Mortgage Taxes
Vermont charges transfer taxes on real estate, which come to 1.25%. However, if the property is owner-occupied, the tax is 0.5% on the first $100,000 of the value and 1.25% if it’s over $100,000. In Vermont, the buyer often pays these fees.
One key benefit of homeownership is that owners are allowed to deduct the mortgage interest they pay through the year from their taxable income when they file their federal income taxes. Vermont follows federal guidelines for itemized deductions, which means owners can deduct mortgage interest when paying their state income taxes, as well.
Vermont Mortgage Refinance
If you want to refinance your Vermont home, you can contact the state’s Home Affordable Refinance Program. Buyers who qualify will have access to interest and principal payment reductions and low closing costs. The Vermont HARP program accepts single family homes and condos.
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Best Places To Get A Mortgage
SmartAsset’s interactive mortgage map highlights the best counties in the country (and in each state) for securing a mortgage. Hover over counties and states to see data points for each region, or use the map’s tabs to view the top counties for each of the factors driving our analysis.
Methodology For many people buying a house means securing a mortgage. To determine the best places in the country to get a mortgage we looked at four factors: overall borrowing costs, ease of securing a mortgage, cheap property taxes and cheap annual mortgage payments.
To calculate the overall borrowing costs, we looked at the expected costs over the first five years of a $200,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment, including closing costs. We calculated the ease of getting a mortgage as the ratio of mortgage applications to actual mortgage originations (secured mortgages) in each county. We based annual mortgage payments on the annual principal and interest payments for a $200,000 loan in that location, using average mortgage rates in each county.
Finally, we ranked locations based on these four factors, and then averaged those rankings, giving equal weight to each factor. The areas with the lowest average rankings are the best places to get a mortgage.
Sources: Mortgage Bankers Association, US Census Bureau 2015 5-Year American Community Survey, Informa, Bankrate, government websites, SmartAsset