Overview of New Mexico Mortgages
With its rugged mountains, national monuments and rich history, New Mexico certainly has a lot to offer those who choose to call the state home. Historical New Mexico mortgage rates are a bit higher than the national average rates. The state counties’ conforming loan and FHA limits stick to the standards, with a few exceptions.
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New Mexico Mortgage Rates Quick Facts
Historical Mortgage Rates in New Mexico
It’s little wonder that New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment.” From the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Chihuahuan desert and the Santa Fe arts community, New Mexico is a vibrant, ethereal place to call home. It’s also one of the top five largest states in the country.
New Mexico mortgage rates are, on average, a bit higher than the national average. However, current 2016 mortgage rates are below the average national mortgage rate.
New Mexico Historic Mortgage Rates
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New Mexico Mortgages Overview
Whether you are looking to become a homeowner in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, it is a good idea to set a budget before you begin your search so you have a realistic idea of what you can afford.
New Mexico Mortgage Rates
|Percentage of Homes||92.00%|
|Average Property Value||$111,025.66|
|Percentage of Homes||3.10%|
|Average Property Value||$122,747.75|
|Percentage of Homes||3.60%|
|Average Property Value||$117,052.55|
|Percentage of Homes||1.30%|
|Average Property Value||$111,860.04|
The conforming limits for New Mexico counties are steady at the standard $417,000. This is an indication of the mostly average home prices in the state. The FHA loan limits have a bit more variation. Most of the counties are at the usual $271,050, but Catron, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Taos counties are all listed above that limit.
Conforming and FHA Loan Limits by County
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In New Mexico, you will most likely get a “deed of trust” instead of a mortgage. The most important thing to know about deeds of trust is that they allow the lender to foreclose on a home when a buyer has fallen behind on payments without having to go to court. This “power of sale” clause allows the lender to initiate foreclosure by hiring a third party to auction the home.
New Mexican sellers are required by law to disclose certain information when selling a home. Many sellers use the New Mexico Residential Real Estate Disclosure Statement. This statement addresses items like water issues, soil and drainage, systems and fixtures, structural condition and environmental hazards. While this protects buyers, a quality home inspection is still always a wise idea.
30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates in New Mexico
If you’re planning to stay put in your new home for a long time, a fixed-rate mortgage may be the best choice for you. The interest rate stays the same for the duration of the mortgage’s term which makes it easier for homeowners to budget their monthly payments. The most popular mortgage is the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. With this loan, buyers have three decades for pay off their home and as the years pass more of your payments go toward equity and less goes to the interest.
The average New Mexico mortgage rate for fixed-rate 30-year mortgages is 4.16%.
New Mexico Jumbo Loan Rates
Every New Mexico county has a conforming loan limit of $417,000. If you need to take out a loan that exceeds that figure to pay for your home here, you will have a “jumbo loan.” It is worth noting that jumbo loans have higher interest rates because they are considered riskier for lenders as larger sums of money are on the line as compared to a “conforming loan” (one that’s $417,000 or less in New Mexico).
The average jumbo loan rate in New Mexico is 3.88%.
New Mexico ARM Loan Rates
Another loan option for buyers is an ARM or adjustable-rate mortgage. These loans offer a lower interest rate initially as compared to fixed-rate loans. That low rate is given for an introductory period somewhere between one and 10 years (the exact timeframe depends on the loan’s terms). When that period ends, the interest rate can change by going up or down, but it will usually go up.
One of the most important things to remember with ARMs is that the interest rate is capped at a certain level which is laid out in the loan’s terms. This means that you technically know what you are getting right from the beginning and the interest rate shouldn’t suddenly jump to something that you absolutely can’t afford. That said, this safeguard only works if you assess it before deciding on an ARM, and make sure that it is something that you can comfortably pay.
The average rate for an ARM in New Mexico is 2.5%.
New Mexico Mortgage Resources
The Land of Enchantment has a lot to offer its residents, and that includes resources for the homebuying process.
The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority offers down payment and closing cost assistance, as well as programs with varying purchase price and income limits. A statewide network of lenders participates in these programs.
The Mortgage Credit Certificate program provides eligible borrowers with a tax credit to lower the amount of federal taxes they are required to pay. This frees up income for purchasing and maintaining a home.
|Resource||Problem or Issue||Who Qualifies||Website|
|New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority||Offers mortgage programs to provide homebuyers with competitive interest-rate mortgage loans and assistance with down payment and closing costs.||Any homebuyer who qualifies for the income limits.||http://housingnm.org/homebuyers/mortgage-programs|
|Mortgage Credit Certificate||Offers a tax credit to lower the amount of federal taxes a homeowner is required to pay.||Eligible first-time homebuyers.||http://www.firsthomeadvisor.com/index.php/tax-credit-for-first-time-home-buyer/|
|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/|
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers programs for developing rural communities by helping residents obtain affordable housing. Loans and grants are available for qualifying people who are in the market for a new home in rural New Mexico.
New Mexico Mortgage Taxes
Homeowners in the state who itemize deductions on their federal taxes are allowed to deduct the mortgage interest they pay throughout the year from their taxable income. Since New Mexico’s rules for itemized deductions are similar to the federal guidelines, homeowners there can also deduct mortgage interest from their income when filing state taxes.
There are no real estate transfer taxes in New Mexico.
New Mexico Mortgage Refinance
Homeowners who want to refinance can look into the New Mexico Home Affordable Refinance Program, which offers access to interest and principal payment reductions and low closing costs.
Remember, you can also work with the lender who issued your current mortgage and compare those rates with other lenders to find the solution that’s right for you.
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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