Locking Mortgage Rates

by Terri from Salem, MA USA

Regarding Locking Mortgage Rates: Kate, I am in the process of refinancing my condo. When I locked in the interest rate, I was not told that I would have to pay a Mortgage Rate Lock Fee. I just received the documentation from the lender and to my surprise the rate lock fee is $2,050.



Is this fee equitable, or what? The locked rate is 4.875 percent for 30 years.

Also, I asked if the mortgage is going to be sold or remain with this bank. I was told it would remain. Now I find that they want me to sign a document that would state that they could transfer this mortgage.

This is my local bank so I thought it would be a good place to start. I'm not so sure now. Any advice would be appreciated.

Kate Answers: Locking Mortgage Rates

Hi Terri, Thank you for contacting Get-Your-Best-Mortgage-Rate with your question. I have answered your request for help with locking mortgage rates at Lock Mortgage Rates - How To Avoid Hidden Fees.

Regarding your second question, signing a transfer disclosure is a federal requirement whether or not lenders sell mortgages. I once worked for a bank that never sold loans. Never that is until the bank itself was sold along with all of the mortgages. As a mortgage professional, I never questioned the use of that disclosure again!

Please feel free to come back to my website again in the future with more questions. Of course, you can invite your friends to comment on this page or create one of their own.

Now go to Lock Mortgage Rates - How To Avoid Hidden Fees for the answer to your main question.

Best Wishes,

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Finding Help for Locking Rates

My Interest Rate Lock Guarantee - Help for timing your rate lock.

The best solution to avoiding hidden fees is to ask the right questions before you lock mortgage rates.

Get mortgage broker fees in writing or your rate lock is meaningless!

How good is a mortgage interest rate lock guarantee?

Yield Spread Premium is a common reason for losing your rate lock.

Questions to ask before you lock.

Search questions and answers at Ask Kate Mortgage Rate Lock Center I.

More questions and answers at Ask Kate Mortgage Rate Lock Center II.



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