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 an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
Adjustable-rate mortgages have their own set of pros and cons. Learn what they are before you sign on the dotted line. Unlike a fixed-rate mortgage where the interest rate remains the same for the life of the loan, an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) has an interest rate that can increase or decrease several times during the mortgage term. ARM’s are riskier for the borrower, especially if interest rates take a significant uptick, but they are the right in many instances. Learn more about adjustable-rate mortgages and compare them to conventional fixed-rate mortgages before you start shopping for your dream home so that you go into the process with everything you need to know.