Cleveland Real Estate Information: Mortgages
In the special vocabulary of mortgage lending, "points" are
a type of fee that lenders charge. (The full term to describe this fee
is "discount points.") Simply put, a point is a unit of measure
that means 1% of the loan amount. So, if you take out a $100,000 loan,
one point equals $1,000. Discount points represent additional money
you can pay at closing to the lender to get a lower interest rate on
your loan. Usually, for each point on a 30-year loan, your interest
rate is reduced by about 1/8th (or .125) of a percentage point.
Usually, the longer you plan to stay in your home, the more sense it
makes to pay discount points.