Houston Mortgage Rates Survey – Week of March 19, 2012

Written by: BetterFinancePath Staff

According to a recent Primerates.com survey of Houston mortgage rates offered by the largest area banks & credit unions, only one Houston institution offered rates below 4.00% on 30-year fixed-rate conforming loans in the Houston area for well-qualified borrowers. Compass Bank (www.bbvacompass.com) offered the lowest rates in the country with 3.88%. Six other institutions offered rates above 4.00%. Sterling Bank (www.banksterling.com) and Comerica Bank (www.comerica.com) offered one of the highest rates in the United States with 4.38%.

While most lenders will push one of the three products on the list below, there are other options for the borrower.  The 30-year fixed rate loan is the most popular since it offers the lowest monthly payment.  The trade-off is paying a higher interest rate.  For those who have a better cash flow, the 15-year product may be more suitable.  The 15-year fixed rate loan will allow the borrower to pay more toward principal with each payment, and since it has a lower interest rate the overall amount of money that is paid in interest will be much lower.  While many people steer clear of the 5/1 ARM it is beneficial to some borrowers.  For instance, a person with a smaller loan (usually due to refinancing) may have the cash flow to pay off their ARM in 5 years or less.  This person could save an extra 1% in interest payments over the 15-year product and never worry about the rate adjusting later in the life of the loan.

Top Houston Area Banks and Credit Unions

As of

30 Yr-Rate

30 Yr- APR

15 Yr- Rate

15 Yr- APR

5/1 ARM-IR


JP Morgan Chase


4.00% 4.12% 3.25% 3.39% 2.75% 3.19%
Wells Frgo


4.00% 4.17% 3.38% 3.67% 2.25% 3.06%
Bank of America


4.13% 4.28% 3.25% 3.57% 3.13% 3.36%
Compass Bank


3.88% 4.10% 3.00% 3.39% 2.63% 3.18%
Sterling Bank


4.38% 4.44% 3.40% 3.51% 3.25% 3.31%
Capital One


4.13% 4.20% 3.25% 3.38% 2.75% 2.83%
Comerica Bank


4.38% 4.44% 3.40% 3.51% 3.25% 3.31%


Listed rates from banks, thrifts, and credit unions were listed on their websites on the date indicated for conforming loans with 0 points.  Data is believed accurate at time of collection, can change without notice, and will vary based on an individual’s credit history.  Contact a specific institution for current rates.


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