When purchasing a home, the interest rate of your loan is of prime importance as it can dramatically affect the amount you pay for your home. Depending on the amount of your loan, a 1 percent difference in loan rate can amount to hundreds of dollars a month, which on a 30 year loan can mean tens of thousands of dollars going into or out of your pocket. Here are some tips to get you the best possible interest rates on your loan.
Conventional lenders charge a higher interest rate for lower credit scores. This is a pretty obvious statement to anyone who has in the past bought anything on credit or has a credit card. The difference in interest rates for a 620 credit score and an 800 credit score could be as much as .5 percent. If your credit score is under 700 it is recommended you use a credit score simulator to help you improve your credit score, although it could take several months to improve your credit score.
Make a larger down payment. Today it is common for lenders to require a 20 percent down payment on the house you wish to buy to secure a mortgage. You can improve your chances of securing a loan and decreasing your interest rate by increasing the amount to more than 20 percent. Why? Because you are making a greater equity investment in your house thereby lessening the lending institution’s risk of making a loan to you. A higher down payment can mean a .1 to .15 percent interest rate reduction. Of course, the higher the purchase price the bigger the difference.
Pay points. Paying discount points can reduce your interest rate by a quarter of a percent. Points are considered a prepayment of interest, and each point is equal to one percent of the loan amount. On a $200,000 loan, this could mean $40,000 in savings over the life of the loan.
Shorten your loan term. Typically by shortening your loan term, you can reduce your interest rate by one-eighth to three-eighths of a percent depending on the loan term. Obviously you have to make sure you can handle the larger payment due to the shorter term
Buy a single family home. Without a doubt, you will get the best interest rate on a single family home. Condominiums and townhomes are considered a riskier investment because they tend to lose more value than single family homes when housing markets are softer. If you increase your down payment you may avoid paying a higher interest rate for a condo/townhome loan.
These tips are just a few of the more important ones related to securing the lowest possible interest rate for your home loan. Depending on which of these tips you choose or are able to take advantage of, you could possible save $50,000 to $100,000 or more over the life of your loan.
Keeping You Informed
A and N Mortgage Services, Inc. mortgage professionals are dedicated to keeping you informed of the latest market trends and mortgage options. Call A and N Mortgage Services, Inc. today to obtain custom loan options designed to fit your needs and help you obtain your home goals.