Is a no cost loan truly a no cost loan? And what is a no cost loan? Every loan has closing costs. Usually every loan has
- appraisal costs
- bank processing or underwriting fees
- title insurance
- tile closing costs
- county recording fees
These fees usually range from $1500 to $2200 on a Michigan mortgage. But on a no cost loan what happens is the mortgage company or the loan officer pays those costs. The mortgage company or loan officer pays for the appraisal cost, underwriting fees, title insurances costs, and recording fees.
How do they do that do you ask? It's easy because the higher the rate a mortgage lender sells you the more they make. So let's say you are getting a 5.25% 30 year loan with $2200 in closing costs. The mortgage lender may make 1% of the loan amount at 5.25%. But at 5.625% the mortgage lender may make 2%. So if the loan officer can sell a 5.625% and make 2% on the loan. Then on a $200,000 the loan officer would make $4000. He could pay $2000 of that money to pay all the closing costs.
So why would you take a no cost loan and get a higher rate? Where most no closing cost loans happen are in refinances with falling rates. Let's say you have a 6 1/8% loan that you got last year. It doesn't usually make sense to refinance unless it is a full percent drop.
It doesn't usually make sense to refinance because of the closing costs if you don't have a 1% or more drop in the percentage rate. But what happens if you could save $50, $60, or $70 a month and it wouldn't cost you a dime.
That's why consumers use no-cost loans. It reduces their monthly mortgage payments without costing them a dime. But one downside of no cost loans or any refinance is that you start the clock over. You now have a new 30 year mortgage.
So the bottom line is the loan officer doesn't make more money on a no-cost loan, but it may make sense for you. Figure the numbers out, compare a no-cost loan to a cost loan and decide which is better for you. So you can usually get a better rate when you pay the closing costs than if you got a no-cost loan.
I hope this explanation helps