When it comes to buying a home, having a mortgage rate that benefits you financially can be a total godsend—for many years following your acquisition. Here are a few ways to determine if you’re getting the best mortgage rate available.
- Don’t just accept and settle for the 30-year fixed rate. While this is the standard loan package, it isn’t the only option. You’ll actually save money by doing a 15-year mortgage.
- Boost your credit score if possible. This will help you, not only with your mortgage rate, but any type of loans you try to take out.
- Shop around.
- Pay as high of a down payment as possible. Most lenders accept at least 20 percent, and anything lower may give you a higher mortgage rate.
- Paying points may benefit you, especially if you plan to live in your home for a long time.
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