Prime Mortgage Requirements: A Look at Then and Now
One effect of the housing market's collapse has been tougher requirements for prime mortgage loans. While there have been some hints in recent months that lenders are loosening these strict requirements, there remains a wide gulf between previous and current requirements.
Points, APRs, and Other Homebuyer Fees
WHAT ARE POINTS? Points are fees your lender charges, usually 1 or 2 percent of the total loan amount. It's important to factor in points when shopping for mortgages as a loan with a higher interest rate and no points could ultimately be cheaper than a lower interest rate with points. It’s also possible to negotiate that the seller pays points.