Mortgage rates can, and do, vary somewhat from one state or region to another. There are many reasons why the rates may be different in one area versus another area. One reason why the mortgage rates vary from one state to another is because of different housing markets and economies.
Mortgage rates vary from region to region and are greatly affected by individual circumstances and situations.
Mortgage interest rates are still close to historic lows. This has enable home ownership to climb to the highest level ever. Contact a mortgage broker to determine a low a rate you can obtain.
It's important to understand that rates do vary by state. Even if you have a friend or family member in another state with similar loan scenarios doesn't mean you'll have access to the same rates - even if you're using the same lender.
Also, the allowance of prepayment penalties varies from State to State and program to program. For instance, in Massachusetts, prepayment penalties are typically not allowed unless the customer chooses a Pay Option, or Pick-A-Pay, or Negative Amortization Adjustable Rate Mortgage.
Some lenders will only lend in certain states. This means that some programs simply are not available in the state you live in. Granted this doesn't happen too often but it does happen.
Some States have different loan amounts than other States depending on the lender. Your mortgage broker will be sure to check all of their lenders to ensure your getting the best available rates for OH.
Mortgage rates can vary by state and by county within that state. One reason is foreclosures. A high percentage of foreclosures in a geographic area mean higher risk. This translates to higher interest rates.
Many newspapers will have a special "Real Estate" section on the weekend, where local lenders list their current mortgage rates. It's good to check these to get an idea of what you might pay.
Sometimes even local counties and cities will enact restrictions on lenders that can affect the rates, fees and loan programs that are offered.