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Arkansas Mortgage Rates

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Overview of Arkansas Mortgages

Home to rugged parkland, beautiful trails and presidential exhibits, Arkansas is mid-range in terms of size and population. If you’re in the market for a home in Arkansas, you can expect mortgage rates roughly in line with national trends. Arkansas counties’ conforming loan limits and FHA loan limits are at the standard marks as well.

Today's Mortgage Rates in Arkansas

Product Today Last Week Change
30 year fixed 5.38% 4.88% +0.50
15 year fixed 4.88% 4.13% +0.75
5/1 ARM 4.56% 4.48% +0.08
30 yr fixed mtg refi 5.88% 5.49% +0.38
15 yr fixed mtg refi 5.13% 4.88% +0.25
7/1 ARM refi 3.63% 3.63% 0.00
15 yr jumbo fixed mtg refi 3.11% 3.17% -0.06

National Mortgage Rates

Source: Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, SmartAsset Research
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Historical Mortgage Rates in Arkansas

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Arkansas Mortgage Rates Quick Facts

  • Median Home Value: $136,200 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Loan Funding Rate: 54.35% (CFPB)
  • Homeownership Rate: 68.8% (St. Louis Fed)
  • Median Monthly Homeownership Costs: $1,089 (U.S. Census Bureau)

Historically, mortgage rates in Arkansas are right in line with nationwide averages.

A financial advisor in Arkansas can help you plan for the homebuying process. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including tax, retirement and estate planning, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

Arkansas Historic Mortgage Rates*

YearArkansas RateU.S. Rate
20007.987.86
20016.826.94
20026.556.44
20035.845.67
20046.005.68
20055.945.85
20066.526.54
20076.476.42
20086.156.06
20094.935.05
20104.704.81
20114.574.56
20123.683.65
20133.943.84
20144.124.13
20153.883.88
20163.753.73
20174.084.03
20184.614.56

*The FHFA stopped reporting new data in 2018.

Arkansas Mortgages Overview

Homes in Arkansas sell for cheaper than average compared to the rest of the country. Arkansas’ median home value is $136,200, which is significantly below the nation’s median of $240,500.

Every county in the state has a standard conforming loan limit of $647,200 and the baseline FHA limit of $420,680. That data reflects the general affordability of purchasing a mortgage in Arkansas as compared to the rest of the nation. So whether you’re home shopping in Little Rock or building an oasis in Ozark country, your loan limit will remain the same.

Conforming and FHA Loan Limits by County

CountyConforming LimitFHA Limit
Arkansas$647,200$420,680
Ashley$647,200$420,680
Baxter$647,200$420,680
Benton$647,200$420,680
Boone$647,200$420,680
Bradley$647,200$420,680
Calhoun$647,200$420,680
Carroll$647,200$420,680
Chicot$647,200$420,680
Clark$647,200$420,680
Clay$647,200$420,680
Cleburne$647,200$420,680
Cleveland$647,200$420,680
Columbia$647,200$420,680
Conway$647,200$420,680
Craighead$647,200$420,680
Crawford$647,200$420,680
Crittenden$647,200$420,680
Cross$647,200$420,680
Dallas$647,200$420,680
Desha$647,200$420,680
Drew$647,200$420,680
Faulkner$647,200$420,680
Franklin$647,200$420,680
Fulton$647,200$420,680
Garland$647,200$420,680
Grant$647,200$420,680
Greene$647,200$420,680
Hempstead$647,200$420,680
Hot Spring$647,200$420,680
Howard$647,200$420,680
Independence$647,200$420,680
Izard$647,200$420,680
Jackson$647,200$420,680
Jefferson$647,200$420,680
Johnson$647,200$420,680
Lafayette$647,200$420,680
Lawrence$647,200$420,680
Lee$647,200$420,680
Lincoln$647,200$420,680
Little River$647,200$420,680
Logan$647,200$420,680
Lonoke$647,200$420,680
Madison$647,200$420,680
Marion$647,200$420,680
Miller$647,200$420,680
Mississippi$647,200$420,680
Monroe$647,200$420,680
Montgomery$647,200$420,680
Nevada$647,200$420,680
Newton$647,200$420,680
Ouachita$647,200$420,680
Perry$647,200$420,680
Phillips$647,200$420,680
Pike$647,200$420,680
Poinsett$647,200$420,680
Polk$647,200$420,680
Pope$647,200$420,680
Prairie$647,200$420,680
Pulaski$647,200$420,680
Randolph$647,200$420,680
St. Francis$647,200$420,680
Saline$647,200$420,680
Scott$647,200$420,680
Searcy$647,200$420,680
Sebastian$647,200$420,680
Sevier$647,200$420,680
Sharp$647,200$420,680
Stone$647,200$420,680
Union$647,200$420,680
Van Buren$647,200$420,680
Washington$647,200$420,680
White$647,200$420,680
Woodruff$647,200$420,680
Yell$647,200$420,680

Arkansas is a "caveat emptor," or buyer beware, state. In this type of environment, responsibility falls heavily on the buyer to uncover any defects with the property prior to purchasing. For states where this is the case, property inspections – while not mandatory – are a crucial step in the purchase process. Purchasing a home sans inspection generally means you are accepting the property as-is. Sellers should also consider disclosing certain conditions, as real estate agents may still be required to do so.

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates in Arkansas

A fixed-rate mortgage is one in which the interest rate remains the same for the duration of the loan. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most popular and tends to be a solid option for a buyer who plans to stay in their home for a long time. You can also consider a 15-year mortgage which will have lower interest as compared to a 30-year mortgage but higher monthly payments.

The average Arkansas rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.48% (Zillow, Jan. 2022).

Arkansas Jumbo Loan Rates

Due to the affordability of homes in Arkansas, there are less jumbo loan mortgages out there. These are loans that exceed the $647,200 conforming loan limit that exists in every Arkansas county. If you are considering a jumbo loan for your mortgage, be aware that they come with higher interest rates.

The average 30-year jumbo loan rate in Arkansas is 3.25% (Zillow, Jan. 2022).

Arkansas ARM Loan Rates

Unlike a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate on an adjustable-rate mortgage changes over time. An ARM offers a lower rate for an introductory period between one and 10 years. When that period ends, the rate can change and it will generally rise. The loan’s terms will lay out how many times the interest rate can rise and also the highest possible amount it can reach. It is important to make sure that the maximum potential rate increase is one that you would be able to afford to pay before you decide on an ARM.

The average rate for a 5/1 ARM in Arkansas is 2.58% (Zillow, Jan. 2022).

Arkansas Mortgage Resources

If you need help becoming or remaining a homeowner in Arkansas, there are programs in place to help cut down on costs and secure a loan.

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority has several options for first time homebuyers in particular. Loan programs, tax credits and down payment assistance are available for anyone who qualifies. They also offer “move up” programs to help all homebuyers access an affordable mortgage.

For anyone looking specifically for educational opportunities and budget counseling, the In Affordable Housing group hosts classes in Arkansas on buying a home. They also offer home purchase assistance, as well as credit and budget counseling.

Available Resources

ResourceProblem or IssueWho Qualifies
Arkansas Development Finance AuthorityAffording a first home/down payment.Mostly first-time homebuyers, but there are "move up" programs available for repeat homebuyers.
In Affordable Housing - Little Rock, ARSeeking education and counseling.Anyone looking for education on buying a home or working out a home budget.
USDA Rural Development - Single family loansOffers 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; and not be suspended or debarred from participation in federal programs.

Arkansas homeowners also have the option to apply for the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The program provides loans and grants to people in rural communities who want to buy a new house or repair their current home.

Arkansas Mortgage Taxes

Homeowners are allowed to deduct the mortgage interest they pay when they file their federal income taxes. This also applies to Arkansas state income taxes as well. You can double your deductions for the qualifying mortgage interest payments you have made in the tax year by including it on both state and federal filings.

Arkansas also charges taxes on real estate property title transfers. The real estate transfer tax in Arkansas is 0.33%, or $3.30 per $1,000. However, the buyer and seller typically split this fee. Discuss this tax with your lawyer or accountant before buying your home.

Arkansas Mortgage Refinance

There are resources out there to help you effectively refinance your Arkansas home. One tried-and-true option was the Home Affordable Refinance Program, but that program no longer exists. The High Loan-to-Value Refinance Option from Fannie Mae is an alternative. If you don’t qualify for these programs, you can work with the lender who issued you your mortgage and compare those rates with other lenders to find the refinance solution that works best for you.