When taking out a mortgage, you probably were considering buying discount points whether for a new purchase or to refinance an existing loan, one decision you’ll undoubtedly will have, is to make sure it’s worth paying discount points to obtain a certain interest rate on your mortgage.
Before going any further, it’s important to note that the term “points” gets thrown around loosely, and can refer to the loan origination fee and/or discount points. The loan origination fee is the commission charged by the bank or the loan officer for working on your loan, where on the other hand discount points are used to buy down your interest rate.
It’s an important distinction because the loan origination fee pays for the costs of originating the mortgage and these fees involves:
- Calculations done to determine your mortgage rate
Finally, it is important to know that a good credit score may help you get a lower origination fee, and an excellent credit score can be an even better bargaining tool in your negotiations.
While paying discount points (prepaid interest) is entirely optional depending on the rate you desire. Discount points are a one-time, upfront mortgage closing cost which give a mortgage borrower access to “discounted” mortgage rates as compared to the market.
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