How To Compare Fixed Rate Mortgage Quotes
When you compare fixed rate mortgage quotes
from different banks, you need to make sure you are
comparing apples to apples.
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You need to be sure to
use the same loan amount, down payment and time frame
in order for the quotes to be comparable.
A fixed rate mortgage is a mortgage in which the
rate does not change during the entire length of the
loan. The rate is a bit higher than variable rate
mortgages, but if you expect mortgage rates to rise,
then a fixed rate can work out to be cheaper during
the length of the loan.
Of course, quotes for fixed rate mortgages can vary
between lenders. If you want to shop around for the
best rate, you'll need to make sure you compare
using the same data and consider all associated fees.
Sometimes, you can buy cheaper mortgage rates buy
paying more points. Points are fees that you pay up
front which equal 1% of the loan amount. If you are
only considering the fixed rate mortgage for a short
term (less than 4 years) then you should probably pay
the least amount of points. On the other hand, if you
are thinking that you will keep the mortgage for the
long term, it may be in your best interest to pay as
many points as you can afford in order to buy down
your fixed rate.
In any event, when you compare fixed rates for
mortgages, you need to consider the points in your
comparison. Other fees including origination and
filing fees should be considered but probably don't
make a huge difference over the life of the mortgage.
However, if all other things are equal, the fees could
be the deciding factor!
Of course, rates can vary daily so you will want to
be sure that you do your comparison on the same day
(or at least make sure the rate hasn't fluctuated
since you got the first point of data). Also, for
practical purposes you want to consider the lock in
period. This is the time that the quotes rate is good
for. Typically, the longer the lock in period that
more costly the loan. You need to make sure the lock
in period is long enough for you to actually close on
the house or you may lose your quoted rate. When
comparing mortgage rates, you'll need to make sure
you compare ones with the same lock in period.