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.
What Is a Balloon Mortgage?
Shopping for a mortgage? Consider taking out a balloon mortgage, which offers low interest rates and affordable payments. A balloon mortgage is like a conventional fixed-rate mortgage in that it offers stable payments at a set interest rate over a specific number of years, but that’s where the similarity ends. Balloon mortgages don’t fully amortize, so there’s a large payment due at the end of the loan’s term. They’re not for everyone, but balloon mortgages are an ideal choice under certain circumstances.