What Do Points Have to Do With Troy Michigan Real Estate?

Posted in Troy Michigan Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on January 22nd, 2009

You may have heard of points when looking for Troy Michigan real estate.  Maybe your loan officer told you that you can trade points for a better interest rate.  That sounds good, but just what are points? Let me give you a better idea of just what points are and how they work.

What Are Points?
Points, more specifically discount points, are a percentage of the total loan amount for the house that is pre-paid to the lender.  Each point is worth one percent.  Your lender may offer a lower interest rate for your mortgage loan if you buy discount points.

What do Discount Points Cost?
The cost of each point is equal to one percent of the loan amount. For instance, for a $200,000 loan one discount point equals $2,000.

For example, you are trying to buy Troy Michigan real estate worth $200,000.  The lender may tell you that if you buy 2 points at $2,000 each, you’ll get an interest rate two percent better. 

Should I Buy Discount Points?
Some lenders will allow you to purchase discount points to be approved for the loan.  By buying a discount point, you’ll get a lower interest rate.  This can reduce your monthly payments, which could put your credit to debt ratio in the right range.
You have to know how long you’ll live in the house or you could lose money purchasing the discount points.  If you sell or refinance before you reach the break even point, you’ll wind up with a net loss.  Use an online mortgage point calculator to help you determine if buying discount points is a money saving proposition for you.

Points may be a good way for you to save money on your Troy Michigan real estate if you plan to stay in your home for a long time.  Want one more benefit?  Discount points are tax deductible in the year in which they’re paid.

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If you’re a buyer there are lots of good deals on Troy Michigan real estate and interest rates are low.  Give me a call at 248-514-2640 or contact me now

Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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