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Oakland Real Estate Information: Mortgages
Discount Points

In the special vocabulary of mortgage lending, "points" are a type of fee that lenders charge. (The full term to describe this fee is "discount points.") Simply put, a point is a unit of measure that means 1% of the loan amount. So, if you take out a $100,000 loan, one point equals $1,000. Discount points represent additional money you can pay at closing to the lender to get a lower interest rate on your loan. Usually, for each point on a 30-year loan, your interest rate is reduced by about 1/8th (or .125) of a percentage point.

Usually, the longer you plan to stay in your home, the more sense it makes to pay discount points.

Further Oakland mortgage Information:
Oakland mortgages: About Mortgages
Oakland mortgages: Mortgage Amount and Term
Oakland mortgages: Amortization
Oakland mortgages: Fixed or Adjustable Interest Rates
Oakland mortgages: Down Payment
Oakland mortgages: Closing Costs
Oakland mortgages: Discount Points
Oakland mortgages: Conforming and Nonconforming Loans
Oakland mortgages: Fixed-Rate Mortgages
Oakland mortgages: 30-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: 20-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: 15-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 1)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 2)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: CD-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Treasury-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Cost of Funds-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Initial Fixed-Period ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Two-Step Mortgage
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs (General)
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: FHA Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: VA Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: RHS Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: State and Local Loan Programs
Oakland mortgages: Balloon Loans


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