Interest rates can range from 3% to 5.875% + Plus adjustments....and that's where the fun starts! So, you've been hooked by those advertisements that promises you a 3% interest rate! Being the smarty-pants that you are, you're a bit skeptical! So you do a little research. Hopeful, you've come across this blog to learn a little bit more about "how interest rates work!" I am going to share a little because, frankly, I don't know it all. But here's what I know:
That low interest rate that you see advertised is just to get YOU to call THEM-that's The Hook!
Here's the "Catch!"
The rate YOU get will depend on many factors and the interest rate YOU end up with will be higher than advertised. You have a low FICO score, they will charge you an Arm and a Leg....that's "The catch!"
Some of the adjustments that may be added to your interest rate can include:
Your FICO score: the lower your score the higer your rate;
Term of the Loan: the shorter the term the lower the rate - 30 vs 15 year;
Fixed Vs. Adjustable: Fixed rate is higher, you have to pay for security that your loan rate will never go up during the term;
Amount of your down payment: the lower your down payment the higher your rate;
Type of Loan: how many different types are out t here: a lot! I don't think anyone knows exactly how many;
"Lock in" Rate: you have to pay for the security that your rate won't go up by the time you get to the closing table. You can lock your rate in for 15 days, 30 days, 45 days....the longer the "lock in," the higher the rate;
*Interest rate is subject to change and is not available to all borrowers. This is for informational purposes only and it is not financial or legal advice. **this is not an all inclusive list of adjustments, there could be more.
In the future, I will write a more detailed blog on "how interest rates work!" For now, I hope this information has been helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment or call me.