Main Contact: Drew C. LaBarbera, RMLO
NMLS: 260569
2104 Green Hill Drive
McKinney, TX 75070
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Friday, June 09, 2023

Interest Rate Buy Downs

In certain markets, Interest Rate Buydowns may be available. In general Buydowns this is how they work. Payments are reduced and figured on a lower interest rate over a specific term. The difference between the “real” note rate and the lowered interest rate is paid in cash by the seller or the buyer. The more common buydowns are 3-2-1 and 2-1.

For example, the 2-1 Buydown with a loan amount of $350,000 which has a fixed interest rate 6.75% for 30 years. To “buy down” the interest rate, the cost would be a lump sum of $8,063.

  1. First-year interest rate is 4.75%, monthly payment is $1,826.
  2. Second-year interest rate is 5.75%, monthly payment is $2,043.
  3. Years three through 30, interest rate is 6.75%, monthly payment is $2,270.
    • 1st-year savings (as compared to $2,270 per month) is $444 per month or $6,332.
    • 2nd-year savings (as compared to $2,270 per month) is $228 per month or $2,731.

Add up the annual savings: $6,332 + $2,731 = $8,063. Therefore, it costs $8,063 to buy down the interest rate and payments for two full years.

Contact your mortgage professional to discuss the availability of these options for you

Drew LaBarbera, RMLO DBA Planwealth Financial Services
NMLS: 260569 | Company NMLS: 353562