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VA Loan Rates

Because the federal government backs VA home loans, lenders have the luxury of charging competitively low interest rates. Eligible veterans and service members find that rates are generally lower with a VA home loan than a conventional mortgage.

As of today, July 17th, 2024, the 30-year fixed VA loan purchase rate is 5.875% — higher compared to last week's average. Today's 30-year fixed VA refinance loan rate stands at 6.250%. See more rates, including assumptions, in the table below.

Current VA Mortgage Rates

VA loan rates change daily based on market conditions. See current VA loan rates for each VA loan type below.

Current VA Mortgage Rates
VA Loan Type Interest Rate APR Points
30-Year Fixed VA Purchase 5.750% 6.179% 1.5630 ($4610.85)
20-Year Fixed VA Purchase 5.750% 6.323% 1.5630 ($4610.85)
30-Year Fixed VA Jumbo Purchase (Based on a $766,551 loan amount) 6.250% 6.581% 0.3750 ($2874.57)
30-Year VA Cash-Out Refinance 6.990% 7.349% 0.5000 ($1475.00)
30-Year VA Cash-Out Jumbo Refinance (Based on a $766,551 loan amount) 6.750% 7.067% 0.1250 ($958.19)
30-Year Streamline (IRRRL) Refinance 6.250% 6.485% 1.0000 ($2950.00)
30-Year Streamline (IRRRL) Jumbo Refinance (Based on a $766,551 loan amount) 6.990% 7.150% 0.1250 ($958.19)

What Determines My Rate?

A variety of factors influence VA loan rates, including:

  • Credit score
  • Loan Type (purchase, IRRRL, cash-out, jumbo, etc.)
  • Loan duration (15- or 30-year)
  • Current market conditions

Because of the risk involved in issuing a loan, a good credit score almost always means a lower rate. However, even if your credit report isn't in perfect shape, you may still have an easier time qualifying for a low rate due to the VA Guaranty.

If credit is a concern, Veterans United offers a no obligation credit consulting service to help get you on the road to preapproval.

Most Veterans expect mortgage rates to rise over the next year, but there’s increasing optimism that lower rates are on the horizon.

That’s according to our most recent Veteran Homebuyer Report, a quarterly national survey of Veterans, service members and civilians who intend to buy homes in the next three years.

The survey also hints at a mindset shift among some would-be Veteran buyers – there are signs of increasing comfortability and acceptance of current mortgage rates, even if they’re still higher than their preferred rate.

Compared to the first quarter of this year, more Veterans think interest rates will decline over the next 12 months, while fewer are bracing for higher rates:

The survey also shows that Veterans are scaling back how often they check mortgage rates online. Rates have remained fairly stable over the last couple of months, which explains part of the shift. There also seems to be a sense of “new normal” setting in among some prospective buyers in terms of where mortgage rates are and will likely be for the foreseeable future.

In fact, more Veterans now say high home prices are a bigger barrier to homebuying than high interest rates. Despite some of the current challenges, most Veterans still feel great about their finances and expect to be in an even stronger financial position a year from now.

30-Year Fixed VA Loan Rate Trends

Chart data is represented in tables below.

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Common Questions about VA Loan Rates

Getting a mortgage can be complicated. Veterans United works to simplify the process through education and helping you understand your options.

We’ve compiled some of the most common mortgage rate questions below so that you can make more informed decisions.

Who sets VA loan rates?

Private lenders, such as mortgage companies and banks, set interest rates on VA loans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not set the rate but backs a portion of each loan against default.

How do VA loan rates compare with the rest of the market?

On average, VA loan rates are typically lower than both FHA and conventional mortgage rates. VA loan rates are generally lower due to the VA backing a portion of each loan.

How are VA loan rates determined?

A variety of factors go into determining VA loan interest rates. Many of these factors stem from market forces beyond the lender's control - including inflation, job growth, and the secondary mortgage market.

Beyond market conditions, VA loan rates are determined by your:

  • Mortgage credit scores
  • Previous loan repayment history
  • Loan duration (15 or 30-year)
  • Loan type (purchase, IRRRL, cash-out, jumbo, etc.)

How often do rates change?

VA loan rates can change frequently - sometimes multiple times a day.

Are VA refinance rates different from VA purchase rates?

VA refinance rates are often different than rates on VA purchase loans. The type of VA refinance loan, the borrower's credit score, the loan-to-value ratio, and other factors can all play a role in VA refinance rates.

See current VA refinance rates in the table below.

Today's VA Refinance Rates

VA loan rates change daily based on market conditions. See current VA loan rates for each VA loan type below.

Today's VA Refinance Rates
VA Refinance Type Interest Rate APR Points
30-Year VA Cash-Out Refinance 6.990% 7.349% 0.5000 ($1475.00)
30-Year Streamline (IRRRL) Refinance 6.250% 6.485% 1.0000 ($2950.00)

What VA mortgage rate can I get?

Rates are unique to each borrower's financial situation. Speak to a Veterans United home loan specialist at 1-800-884-5560 to start your rate quote.

What is APR?

It is important to understand the difference between your interest rate and the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). The interest rate on your VA loan is the cost you pay each year to borrow the money and does not reflect fees you may incur to get the loan.

On the other hand, the APR on a VA loan is a broader reflection of borrowing costs, including the interest rate and fees associated with getting the mortgage.

APR can take into consideration the following items:

  • Interest rate
  • Origination fees and costs
  • Closing agent fees
  • Discount points
  • Other fees dependent on the specific transaction

APR is typically higher than your base VA loan interest rate. APR is a tool that can help you compare mortgage offers. But understand that lenders may calculate APR differently.

What are discount points?

Borrowers have the option to buy down their interest rate by purchasing discount points. When you purchase discount points, you are essentially paying interest upfront to receive a lower rate over the life the loan.

Points are generally more advantageous to borrowers who plan to own the home for a longer period of time. Your loan officer can help you determine the break-even point of purchasing discount points, or if points even make sense for your specific situation.

What is a rate lock?

A rate lock guarantees a set interest rate for a specific amount of time - typically ranging from 30 to 60 days. Rate locks are an essential part of the mortgage process, as mortgage rates often fluctuate daily.

How do you lock in your VA loan interest rate?

Buyers have to be under contract in order to be eligible for a rate lock. Once that’s in hand, the timeline can vary depending on a host of factors, including the type of loan, the overall economic environment and more.

If you're ready to see where rates are right now, or if you have more questions, contact a home loan specialist at (580) 699-8670 or start your VA Home Loan quote online.

There's no obligation, and you'll be one step closer to owning your brand new home.

Why Veterans United?

Locking in your interest rate at the right time is key, which means it's essential to find a lender who understands your needs and the forces that shape VA loan interest rates.

Some lenders try to entice borrowers with unbelievably low rates that are nearly impossible to qualify for. We'll work within your financial means and give you an accurate and realistic quote.

With Veterans United, there are no hidden costs or locking fees. By speaking with a Veterans United loan specialist, you're given total transparency when it comes to your interest rate.

Are you a first-time homebuyer? Read our next section for more information about purchasing your first home with a VA Loan.

1 Our military advisors are paid employees of Veterans United Home Loans.