That has led more home purchasers to opt for one strategy, purchasing mortgage points, as a way to defray higher monthly payments.
Mortgage points let buyers pay an upfront fee to lower the interest rate on their loans. In some cases, sellers will help to buy down rates to help ease transaction costs.
Almost 45% of conventional primary home borrowers bought mortgage points in 2022 to reduce their monthly mortgage payments, a trend that has continued into this year, according to recent research from Zillow.
That is up from 29.6% in 2021, when interest rates were lower.
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