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.
The Low Down on Down Payments
DETERMINE YOUR DOWN PAYMENT - Don't make the mistake of looking at all your assets and concluding that’s how much you have for your down payment. First, set aside 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price for closing costs. Then, set aside an additional $5,000 to $10,000 (depending on where you live) for relocation expenses, moving costs, furniture and short-term improvements, and unforeseen costs.