What the heck is buying down an interest rate?

Dated: April 6 2023

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Buying down mortgage interest rates can be wise for some homebuyers.  Buying down a mortgage interest rate means paying a lump sum upfront to your lender for a lower interest rate on your mortgage loan.

The benefit of doing this is that it can significantly lower your monthly mortgage payments over the life of your loan, saving you thousands of dollars in interest payments. However, it's essential to weigh the costs and benefits of buying down your interest rate before making this decision.

The upfront cost of buying down your interest rate can be substantial, and it may only sometimes be worth it depending on how long you plan to stay in your home. If you only plan to stay in your home for a few years, paying the upfront cost of buying down your interest rate may not make sense, as you may not recoup your investment through lower monthly payments.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay in your home long-term, buying down your interest rate can be a wise financial move, as it can lead to substantial savings over time. It's also important to consider your overall financial situation, including your credit score, income, and debt-to-income ratio. These factors will impact the interest rate you qualify for and the cost of buying it down.

Ultimately, the decision to buy down your mortgage interest rate should be based on a careful analysis of your financial situation and long-term goals. If you're considering this option, speak with your lender or a financial advisor to determine if it makes sense.

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Cyndi McFarran

Originally from Montvale/Allandale (Bergen County) New Jersey. I moved to Florida in 1986 and have lived and sold Real Estate in Central Florida since moving here. I have been married since 1976 & hav....

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