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Overview of Mississippi Mortgages

Mississippi, the Magnolia State, played a prominent role in America’s musical history and in the struggle for Civil Rights. Current Mississippi mortgage rates are a bit higher than average. Mississippi counties’ conforming loan limits are standard and there is only slight variation in FHA limits.

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Source: Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, SmartAsset Research
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Mississippi Mortgage Rates Quick Facts
  • Average Home Value: $114,300 (zillow.com)
  • Loan Funding Rate: 57.7%
  • Average Mortgage Rate: 4.02%
  • Homeownership Rate: 70.7% (St. Louis Fed)
  • Average Annual Mortgage Payment: $5,253

Historical Mortgage Rates in Mississippi

Mississippi is the land of blues, barbeque and beaches, and ideal for the outdoor adventurer. It’s fairly middle of the road for size and population. Mississippi rates have been a bit unpredictable, falling below, equal to or above the national average over the past 30 years. Recent rates for 2016 are higher than the average U.S. rates.

Mississippi Historic Mortgage Rates

YearMississippi RateU.S. Rate
198213.8514.73
198312.8412.26
198411.7611.99
198510.8211.17
19869.789.79
19879.268.95
19889.188.98
19899.809.81
19909.729.74
19919.359.07
19928.227.83
19937.276.93
19947.957.31
19958.237.69
19967.927.58
19977.887.52
19987.036.97
19997.227.14
20008.047.86
20016.896.94
20026.526.44
20035.665.67
20045.855.68
20055.895.85
20066.666.54
20076.626.42
20086.296.06
20095.155.05
20104.734.81
20114.574.56
20123.613.65
20133.993.84
20144.214.13
20154.023.88

Mississippi Mortgages Overview

If you are in the market for a home in the Magnolia State, it is wise to set a budget before you begin your search. It might also be a good idea to secure mortgage preapproval from a lender as this can speed up the homebuying process.

Mississippi Mortgage Rates

Single-Family Homes
Percentage of Homes95.70%
Average Property Value$69,369.43
Condominiums
Percentage of Homes1.10%
Average Property Value$117,068.18
PUD Homes
Percentage of Homes1.80%
Average Property Value$92,773.00
Townhomes
Percentage of Homes1.50%
Average Property Value$96,445.74

Every county in the state has a standard conforming loan limit of $417,000. A handful of Mississippi counties have FHA loan limits that jump just slightly above the standard $271,050. Those counties are Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo and their FHA loan limit is $278,300. These mostly average loan limits are an indication of the overall affordability of homes in the Magnolia State.

Conforming and FHA Loan Limits by County

CountyConforming LimitFHA Limit
Adams$417,000$271,050
Alcorn$417,000$271,050
Amite$417,000$271,050
Attala$417,000$271,050
Benton$417,000$271,050
Bolivar$417,000$271,050
Calhoun$417,000$271,050
Carroll$417,000$271,050
Chickasaw$417,000$271,050
Choctaw$417,000$271,050
Claiborne$417,000$271,050
Clarke$417,000$271,050
Clay$417,000$271,050
Coahoma$417,000$271,050
Copiah$417,000$278,300
Covington$417,000$271,050
DeSoto$417,000$271,050
Forrest$417,000$271,050
Franklin$417,000$271,050
George$417,000$271,050
Greene$417,000$271,050
Grenada$417,000$271,050
Hancock$417,000$271,050
Harrison$417,000$271,050
Hinds$417,000$278,300
Holmes$417,000$271,050
Humphreys$417,000$271,050
Issaquena$417,000$271,050
Itawamba$417,000$271,050
Jackson$417,000$271,050
Jasper$417,000$271,050
Jefferson$417,000$271,050
Jefferson Davis$417,000$271,050
Jones$417,000$271,050
Kemper$417,000$271,050
Lafayette$417,000$271,050
Lamar$417,000$271,050
Lauderdale$417,000$271,050
Lawrence$417,000$271,050
Leake$417,000$271,050
Lee$417,000$271,050
Leflore$417,000$271,050
Lincoln$417,000$271,050
Lowndes$417,000$271,050
Madison$417,000$278,300
Marion$417,000$271,050
Marshall$417,000$271,050
Monroe$417,000$271,050
Montgomery$417,000$271,050
Neshoba$417,000$271,050
Newton$417,000$271,050
Noxubee$417,000$271,050
Oktibbeha$417,000$271,050
Panola$417,000$271,050
Pearl River$417,000$271,050
Perry$417,000$271,050
Pike$417,000$271,050
Pontotoc$417,000$271,050
Prentiss$417,000$271,050
Quitman$417,000$271,050
Rankin$417,000$278,300
Scott$417,000$271,050
Sharkey$417,000$271,050
Simpson$417,000$278,300
Smith$417,000$271,050
Stone$417,000$271,050
Sunflower$417,000$271,050
Tallahatchie$417,000$271,050
Tate$417,000$271,050
Tippah$417,000$271,050
Tishomingo$417,000$271,050
Tunica$417,000$271,050
Union$417,000$271,050
Walthall$417,000$271,050
Warren$417,000$271,050
Washington$417,000$271,050
Wayne$417,000$271,050
Webster$417,000$271,050
Wilkinson$417,000$271,050
Winston$417,000$271,050
Yalobusha$417,000$271,050
Yazoo$417,000$278,300

Mississippi has real estate disclosure laws, meaning the seller must disclose what defects they know about the property. That’s good news for buyers. But regardless of the laws, it’s still best to opt for a home inspection before officially closing on your home. This will protect buyers from uncovering massive pitfalls after they’ve purchased the property.

If you take out a home loan in Mississippi, you will likely be given a “deed of trust,” which is different from a mortgage. Typically if you have a mortgage and you fall behind on your monthly payments and your lender wants to foreclose on your home, they have to go to court to do so. A deed of trust is different in that it allows the lender to bypass the court system entirely. Instead a lender hires a third party to auction the house it wants foreclose and initiates a “power of sale.” While you are probably not buying a home with the expectation that you will go into foreclosure down the road, it is still a good idea to know where you stand if the unexpected were to happen.

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates in Mississippi

If you’re planning to buy in Mississippi, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are a popular option. This dependable mortgage gives you a long time to pay off your home loan – 30 years – and the interest rate remains constant for the lifetime of the loan (unless you decide to refinance or make prepayments on the loan).

Another option is a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. With this loan you will pay off your debt faster and enjoy a lower interest rate but you can expect higher monthly payments. A less popular option is a 40-year loan. People often feel that it takes too long to pay off this loan and you end up paying a lot in interest, but you can weigh which choice works best for you.

The average Mississippi mortgage rate for fixed-rate 30-year mortgages is 4.15%.

Mississippi Jumbo Loan Rates

Because of the lower real estate prices in Mississippi, every county in the state has a standard conforming loan limit of $417,000. If you need to take out a bigger loan than this in order to pay for your home, you will have what is known as a “jumbo loan.” Jumbo loans stand in contrast to “conforming loans” (those at $417,000 or below which qualify for normal interest rates and can be re-sold on the secondary mortgage market.) If you are considering a jumbo loan, you should know that they come with higher interest rates.

The average jumbo loan rate in Mississippi is 4.19%.

Mississippi ARM Loan Rates

If you do not plan to stay in your new home for a long time, an option that may appeal to you is an adjustable-rate mortgage or ARM. An ARM offers an introductory period of one, three, five, seven or 10 years, during which time the interest rate is lower than it would be with a fixed-rate mortgage. When that period ends, the interest rate can change and usually it rises. There is a cap on how high the rate can reach though and that is laid out in the terms of the loan. Before deciding on an ARM, read the fine print and make sure you are able to pay the highest potential interest rate, in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.

The average rate for an ARM in Mississippi is 2.88%.

Mississippi Mortgage Resources

Buying a home in the Magnolia State? If you need assistance, here are some of the options that can help you at any step of the process.

The Mississippi Development Authority has a couple HOME programs to aid homebuyers. The Homebuyer Assistance Program helps eligible families with down payment and closing cost assistance. The Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Program is a competitive grant to help families reconstructing or making major repairs to their home to bring it up to code.

The Mississippi Home Corporation has programs geared toward first-time homebuyers and buyers in certain areas of the state. The Mortgage Credit Certificate Program cuts down on the amount of federal income tax the borrower has to pay, which frees up income for mortgage qualification.

The Smart Solution Program gives buyers funds to purchase their first home or upgrade. It offers competitive interest rates with a cash advance for down payment assistance.

Available Resources

ResourceProblem or IssueWho QualifiesWebsite
Mississippi Home CorporationLoan products and tax deductions.First-time homebuyers or persons who have not owned a principal interest in a residence in the past 3 years; Certain areas of the state, called “Target Areas”, are exempt from the “first-time homebuyer” rule. Maximum annual income of household members may not exceed certain income limits.https://www.mshomecorp.com/how-we-help/getting-started/which-program-is-right-for-me/
Mississippi Development AuthorityOffers funding for down payment and closing cost assistance, plus home repair grants.Homebuyers who meet income requirements.https://www.mississippi.org/
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; 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 ProgramRefinancing.Single family homes and condos that fit within lending loan limits.http://www.harp.gov/

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program also offers loan help and mortgage grants throughout the entire country. The program aims to help develop more rural areas of a state while offering affordable housing for residents. Mississippi has grants and loans available for home repairs as well as loan assistance programs for those who qualify.

Mississippi Mortgage Taxes

Homeowners are allowed to deduct the mortgage interest they pay throughout the year from their taxable income when they file federal income taxes. Mississippi’s itemized deductions generally follow federal rules. This means that homeowners can double their deductions by including mortgage interest on state income taxes as well.

There are no transfer taxes on real estate transactions in Mississippi.

Mississippi Mortgage Refinance

If you’re hoping to refinance your home in Mississippi, one of your options is the Home Affordable Refinance Program of Mississippi. This program accepts single family homes and condos for refinance assistance. It can also grant eligible homeowners access to interest and principal payment reductions and low closing costs.

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.

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Rank County Loan Funding Rate 5 Year Borrowing Costs Property Tax Annual Mortgage Payment

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