Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Why Would You Pay Down Points?

Paying Points
As a new home buyer you have to make many decisions. Buying a home can feel like a daunting task. As your real estate agent, I am here to guide you to get the information you need. You have many decisions to make including what is the best possible percentage rate can you get to keep your mortgage payment low. I have had some clients ask about points, what the benefits are and when is the best possible time to pay them.

Lets start with the definition:
The term points has multiple meanings in the mortgage world. Mortgage points can refer to loan origination fees (fees charged by the underwriter) or discount points (also known as loan discounts). Typically, a point is equal to 1% of the purchase price. By using a Mortgage Calculator you can see how paying money upfront to pay down your interest rate can lower your mortgage payment. The difference in savings over the life of the loan can make paying points a benefit to the borrower. Using a Mortgage Calculator can determine what and how many points you would need to pay down to get the interest rate and monthly payment you are looking for.

When should you pay down points?
If you intend to stay in your home for an extended period of time, it may be worthwhile to pay additional points in order to obtain a lower interest rate. The amount of money you save over an extended period of time will off set the upfront costs you made at the beginning.  Paying points on a short term investment or residence doesn't make financial sense to do.

For more information, or to use my Mortgage Calculator, click here to begin. Or visit my website for additional Mortgage Calculators.

Traci Ferguson

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