When is the Best Time to Float or Lock Your Mortgage Rate?
Buying a home is an exciting milestone in anyone’s life. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or have purchased several properties; nothing beats the thrill of owning a new home. While looking at homes and finding the perfect one is definitely fun – it quickly turns to business as soon as you start approaching the home buying process including financing options. There are lots of things to learn about the home buying process and many options to consider for financing.
The fact of the matter is that once you find the home of your dreams, you must have the funds to purchase it. Getting the right financing is the key to ensuring you can afford the home you want to buy.
Securing a Good Interest Rate is Crucial for Your Home Purchase
The most important thing in the home buying process, (after you find your dream home, of course) is getting a mortgage with a good interest rate to complete the purchase. Since the interest rate determines exactly how much money you will pay to borrow the funds for your home (mortgage), savvy homebuyers know they need to explore their financing options to find the lowest interest rate possible.
When it comes to securing the best mortgage interest rate for your home loan, there are two financing options to consider – the mortgage rate lock and the mortgage rate float down. Here’s the scoop on both of them:
Mortgage Rate Lock
Since interest rates fluctuate on a daily basis based on the stock market, world events, the Federal Reserve, and more; locking in an interest rate while it is low is a great move. Rates can be locked in for a period of typically 30 and 90 days up to five days before closing. This choice is not without risk, though, as the rate does fluctuate, and once you are locked in, the rate could still go up or down. If the rate does happen to go down while you are locked in, this is when the float down method comes into play, which is option number two. The best time to utilize the mortgage rate lock option is when mortgage rates are fluctuating in a volatile market and are expected to increase in the near future.
Float-Down Mortgage Rate
The float-down mortgage rate option gives you the ability to lock a low interest rate, with the potential to close at the lowest rate if they happen to drop during a specified time period. Mortgage lenders will often offer this float down option with a provision that allows you to get a lower interest rate, should the rates fall lower than your rate lock, however, even if the rates don’t fall, you are still going to pay for the higher fees for points to get the lower interest rate.
When trying to secure the best and lowest mortgage interest rate for your home, remember that if your rate is a bit higher than you had hoped, you are not locked into that interest rate forever. When rates drop in the future, refinancing is a great option you can and should pursue. Once you recognize that there has been a significant reduction in mortgage interest rates, refinancing with a reputable mortgage company is definitely feasible.
Mid-America Mortgage Can Help You Get the Best Mortgage Interest Rate
Mid-America Mortgage is your advocate, here to help you get the best possible loan option and rate for your specific situation. When it’s time to buy, we are here to help you explore your financing options and so that you can secure the lowest interest rate possible for your home loan. We invite you to contact us today to begin your journey as a homeowner!