Mortgage Points

To Pay or Not To Pay

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 To Pay or Not to Pay : Among the first things people ask when shopping for a mortgage loan is: What’s the interest rate? The answer is often a percentage rate with points—for example, 4.5% plus 2 points. Here’s what those points are all about. A loan discount point is equal to 1% of the loan amount. So, on a loan of $100,000, a borrower would pay $1,000 per point to the lender. (Fees, such as loan origination fees, are sometimes quoted in points, but here we’re talking about discount points, which are prepaid interest.) What’s the advantage to the borrower …