November 3rd, 2022 6:42 PM by Daniel Poulos
Beware of the "smoke and mirrors" of newly popular 2-1 Buydown Mortgage. Might be more sizzle than steak.
Here is how it is being sold to buyers - The seller will “buydown” your interest rate 2% in the first year and 1% in the second year. Instead of a rate of 7%, your first year will be 5% and your second year will be 6%. After that you will pay 7% for the life of your loan.
Here's what is actually happening – The seller is contributing to reduce your payments for the first two years AS IF the interest rate was reduced for the first two years..
Let's look at the math based on a current rate of 7% on a $550,000 loan amount –
What is REALLY happening is that the seller is contributing $12,819.24 (almost 2% of the sales price) to pay for a two-year monthly savings AS-IF your interest rate was 5% for the first year and 6% for the second. Thinking you have a lower interest rate makes you feel good, right!
From a marketing standpoint that sounds a lot better than a 2% sales price reduction, doesn’t it?
BUT, since that money seems to be available from the seller, let’s see how else it could be applied.
Clearly those options might not SOUND as good to you but the REAL benefits are more advantageous than the marketing “sizzle” of the “2-1 buydown”.
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