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Points, Discount Points, & Origination Fees – Avoid Them In 2022!

Even though distinctions can be made, Points, Discount Points, and Origination Fees are effectively the same thing, and they are used interchangeably. A “point” typically represents 1% of the loan amount. So, a 1/2 point is 1/2% of the loan amount, and so on. Paying a full point will typically “buy down” an interest rate […]Read More

Why Do We Quote Rates With Points – When We Dislike Points?

On Tuesdays, we send out an email to our entire database that says “What’s Going On With Rates?” And – in that email, we share numerous rate quotes – and several are quoted at the cost of 1/2 point. In response to that email though, an agent we have known for years asked me why […]Read More

Rates Climb Again; Panic Time? Paying Points? Affect On Buying Power

PANIC TIME? Interest rates climbed again yesterday, primarily in response to inflation fears – so we are now officially back to pre-pandemic interest rate levels. It is not time to panic, however, as rates seem to be following the trajectory I outlined in this recent blog: 4% by June. In that blog, I referenced Barry […]Read More

Why We Hate Paying Points (Or Think Buyers Shouldn’t)

Borrowers constantly ask if they should pay points or origination fees to buy down a loan. Our constant refrain is no, and here are the reasons why: 1. Borrowers get too little bang for their buck. In the current market, paying a point will often only improve the rate by as little as 1/8 percent, […]Read More