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Today's Mortgage Rates in Alaska

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates plus current home buying and refinance advice for Alaska residents

Buying a home in Alaska

Historically, buying residential real estate in Alaska has been an expensive business. In 2022, Zillow estimated the median home value in the state was $314,885, compared with a national average of $331,533. So Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac allow Alaska residents to borrow higher amounts compared to many other parts of the U.S. The lending cap in Alaska for 2023 is $, compared with $ in most parts of the country. And those high prices make it even more important for you to shop around for the best mortgage deal. When you borrow a large sum, even a small difference in the interest rate you pay can make a big difference. So be sure you get quotes from multiple lenders — at least three or four — before you commit to a mortgage. Once you have them, compare them carefully. And, by all means, negotiate. You can play one lender off against another to get the very best deal possible. Investing a little time now can save you a bundle down the line.

Refinancing a home in Alaska

Alaska doesn’t appear to have any state-specific laws or regulations that make refinancing different than anywhere else. Of course, lenders have their own rules, and you may face standard requirements imposed on loans guaranteed by the government (FHA, VA or USDA loans) or those conforming with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s standards. But they’re pretty similar everywhere. The same factors that affect buying a home in Alaska impact equally when you want a mortgage refinance. You’re likely borrowing more than most other Americans. And you stand to lose more if you don't get a competitive mortgage rate. So be sure to shop around for quotes from a number of lenders. When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked into mortgage shopping, it found that applicants could cut their rate by 0.5% by shopping around. In other words, if your lowest quote is 3.5%, your highest could be 4.0%. And that’s huge. On even a modest loan, that rate spread can make a difference of several thousands of dollars — just within just the first five years. Use The Mortgage Reports refinance calculator to model how much you might save by shopping around.

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