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.
Home Mortgages: What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio?
Learn what a debt-to-income ratio is and how lenders use it when reviewing your mortgage application. Mortgage lenders use a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) along with other criteria, including assets and credit score, to determine whether you’re a good risk for the loan you’re asking for. This ratio compares your overall monthly debt to your gross monthly income.