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How to Buydown Interest Rates and Make Home Ownership More Affordable

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Buying a new home is an expensive undertaking, which is why homebuyers generally try to find mortgages with the lowest possible interest rates to finance their homes. Having a good credit score and putting down a larger payment of 20% upfront can improve your chances of securing the best interest rate. However, there is another way of lowering the rate even further—you can buydown your interest rate and save money in the future.

Why Getting Pre-qualified for a Mortgage is Essential

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A pre-qualification, also known as a pre-approval, is a letter from a lender that specifies the amount of money the lender is willing to give you. The lender generally comes up with the loan amount by checking your credit scores and evaluating your assets and debt to income ratio. There are several reasons why getting this document is essential to your home shopping process.

Home Financing for Beginners

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Buying a home is a huge, future-looking and long-term commitment. The decision to buy is not only about the purchase price of the home, but you also have to consider several factors to help make your decision. These factors involve your current financial situation, your future goals, lifestyle, and housing needs. This article in Forbes highlights 10 home buying considerations that should be factored into whether to buy, and how to go about doing it.
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