Mortgages – Points Lose Favor

Image from the 2/27/2012 New York Times Article "Mortgages - Points Lose Favor"

By VICKIE ELMER
Published: February 23, 2012

With interest rates at or near record lows, many borrowers are seeing little reason to pay points when buying or refinancing a home. Some are even opting for what’s known as “negative points,” agreeing to a slightly higher rate to help pay closing costs.

The trend away from points, which buy down the interest rate in exchange for an upfront fee, partly reflects borrower sentiment that rates are already low enough, the industry experts say.

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