Lock Or Float Interest Rate
by Wanda in California, USA
Regarding Lock Or Float Interest Rate: Hi Kate, I live in California and am supposed to close on a condo at the end of November that is being constructed. The developer has a relationship with a lender that will allow me to lock in an interest rate now for 1 percent of the loan price (keeping 25 percent of that at the end for their fee).
It seems as though their interest rates are a little higher than what I've seen from other lenders - I know typically the rate can be higher for a longer lock, but their 30 day rates/locks are higher.
They're also offering 1.5 percent discount on home price and $2500 off closing costs if I go with them. I'm trying to decide if I should just lock now or keep floating in hopes that rates don't move tremendously higher by November with the option then of going with another lender and giving up the "perks" this particular lender is offering (for potentially a lower interest rate).
What would you suggest? Should I lock or float my interest rate?
Kate Answers: Lock Or Float Interest Rate
Dear Wanda, I can't wait till you try this strategy! Think of playing with balloons when you were a child. Squeezing one end made the other side bulge. Just like a balloon, the lower your mortgage interest rate, the higher the mortgage fees. Conversely, the higher your interest rate, the lower the mortgage fees should be.
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