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It seems like everywhere homebuyers look these days, they’re seeing something about the rising interest rates in the mortgage industry. 

It’s true that rates are higher than the all-time lows they reached in recent years. Most economic experts are also predicting that there will be several more increases this year in the federal interest rate – the rate at which banks and other depository institutions lend money to each other, usually on an overnight basis – which can send mortgage rates moving in the same direction. 

Trying to time the prevailing mortgage rate to be ideal for your personal situation can be difficult if not impossible. Sure, it would be great if rates were in the 2s every time you wanted or needed to buy a home. 

At the moment, they’re not. But if you’re currently in the market for a new home, there’s good news. 

You can try these ways to get a great rate when rates are rising. You can also consider a Temporary Buydown and enjoy reduced payments at the beginning of your mortgage. 

What is a Temporary Buydown?
A Temporary Buydown is a financing technique where money is paid at closing and set in an escrow account, temporarily reducing the effective interest rate and lowering the monthly mortgage payment. With the escrow account funded by the seller or your builder, you can save thousands of dollars during the first year or two of owning your new home. 

A 2-1 Temporary Buydown will reduce the interest rate 2% the first year and 1% the second year, returning to the full rate the third year. A 1-0 Temporary Buydown will reduce the rate 1% the first year and return to the full rate the second year. 

Here’s an illustration of a 2-1 Temporary Buydown based on a $380,000 loan amount with a 5.750% interest rate (5.811% APR*): 

YEAR ONE 

  • The first 12 monthly buydown payments would be reduced to $1,759.84 
  • Buydown: 3.750% (2% rate reduction) for 12 months 

YEAR TWO 

  • The second 12 monthly buydown payments would be reduced to $1,982.26 
  • Buydown: 4.750% (1% rate reduction) for 12 months 

YEAR THREE 

  • Once the two-year buydown period has expired, the full monthly payment** for the remaining 28 years of the term becomes $2,217.58 
  • Mortgage Interest Rate: 5.750% 

Total payment savings in this 2-1 Temporary Buydown example: $8,316.72 

Remember, as the buyer, you cannot pay for the buydown yourself (the seller or your builder must pay for it); you must qualify for the loan at the full note rate, not the lower buydown rate; and your mortgage must be a Conventional Conforming/High Balance loan or an FHA loan. But if you meet all the criteria, a Temporary Buydown offers another way to make buying a home more affordable in a high-rate environment. 

 Contact a Homeowners Licensed Mortgage Professional today to see if a Temporary Buydown is right for you! 

* Annual Percentage Rate (APR) current as of current as of 04/07/2022 is subject to change daily without notice, and assumes a minimum FICO score of 620, no HOA fees, and a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 43% on a single-family residence. 

** The default payment calculations above are based on a 5% down payment for a conventional 30-year fixed rate amortization. Payments listed do not include property taxes, homeowners insurance, or mortgage insurance. Rates shown here are arbitrary and do not constitute an advertisement or offer to lend. 

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