What is a mortgage rate buy down?

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As rates inch higher, more homeowners are buying down their interest rates. Curious about what that means and if it’s right for you? Here’s the rundown on mortgage rate buydowns:

- A mortgage buydown is a way to lower your interest rate by paying discount points at closing. Discount points are a one-time, upfront fee. 
- Each point costs 1 percent of the mortgage. For example, one point on a $200,000 mortgage would cost $2,000.
- Each point lowers the rate by 0.25 percent. So, one point would lower a mortgage rate from 6 percent to 5.75 percent for the life of the loan.

If you've got some extra savings and can afford it, buying mortgage points may be a smart investment.

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