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Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

Mortgage interest rates are near record lows again. This can mean great deals for homebuyers and great savings for homebuyers. Some lenders will even start advertising rates that are at least a half point lower than the average national rate. Buyers and refinancers should be aware that these ultra-low rate deals come with strings attached. In some cases, it may actually be better to choose a higher rate option. Here’s what you need to know: Points In order to get some of these rock-bottom rate deals, borrowers are often required to pay discount points to the lender. One point is eq...

March 27th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

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What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

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What is Mortgage Amortization?

If you have a fixed-rate home mortgage, you pay the exact same amount each month. But did you know that the amount of principal you pay toward the balance of your loan changes from month to month? This is called amortization and it is a method of distributing the interest and principal over the course of a loan so that it is completely paid off by the end of the loan term. Understanding how it works could help save you plenty of interest on your mortgage. How does it work? When you agree to buy a house at a certain price, in reality, you will end up paying way more than that price to you...

May 8th, 2019 | Credit, Interest Rates, What is Mortgage Amortization?

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Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

Mortgage interest rates fluctuate from week to week and they can make huge swings from decade to decade. In the early 1980s, for example, mortgage rates were as high as 18% while roughly 30 years later they are less than a third of that rate. What causes they changes in mortgage rates? What factors affect the direction of rates? The Fed The Federal Reserve is tasked with keeping balance between inflation and the national unemployment rate. One of the ways it influences this balance is with it federal funds rate – the interest rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans. T...

January 30th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

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Should I Pay Mortgage Points?

If you are buying a home or refinancing, you have probably heard about “mortgage points.” This form of pre-paid interest can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your loan but in many circumstances is not worth the upfront cost. How do you know whether to pay points or not? Here’s a quick guide to help you figure it out. What are Mortgage Points? Mortgage points – also known as discount points - are essentially a way to pay some of the interest upfront on your home loan. One point is equal to 1% of your mortgage amount. For example, one point on a $100...

July 18th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, Should I Pay Mortgage Points?