These are the five proven ways to get huge savings and slash your rates.

When it comes to buying a home or financing a major purchase, one of the most critical factors to consider is the interest rate on your loan—it can significantly impact your mortgage and your monthly payments. Fortunately, there are several strategies that buyers can employ to lower their interest rates and save money in the long run. Here are the five best ways buyers can reduce their interest rates:

1. Improve your credit score. Your credit score is a key factor that lenders use to determine the interest rate on your loan. The higher your credit score, the lower the interest rate you’re likely to secure. To improve your credit score, focus on paying your bills on time, reduce your debt, check your credit report for errors, and avoid unnecessary credit applications.

2. Shop around for lenders. Not all lenders offer the same interest rates, and their terms and conditions can vary widely. If you want to get the best deal, shop around and compare offers from different lenders. Gather multiple quotes, understand the different loan types, and don’t hesitate to negotiate with lenders for a better rate or terms.

“If you want to get the best deal, shop around and compare offers from different lenders.”

3. Make a larger down payment. Making a substantial down payment is another effective way to lower your interest rate. The more you can put down, the less risk the lender assumes, resulting in a lower interest rate. To achieve this, save aggressively, consider using gifts or windfalls, and explore down payment assistance programs that may be available to you.

4. Try assuming your seller’s loan. If you can assume your seller’s mortgage, there’s a good chance that their rate is much lower than what a lender can offer you. This can be a complicated process, so call or email me if you have questions. 

5. Consider a temporary rate buydown. Rate buydowns are loan products where you pay money upfront to lower your interest rate. For example, a 2-1 buydown will lower your rate for the first two years of your loan. The best part about this option is that your seller might be willing to help you pay for the upfront cost of your buydown. Once again, just reach out if you want to know more. 

Lowering your interest rate when purchasing a home or financing a significant purchase is a strategic way to save money over the life of your loan. If you need more help reducing your interest rates, call or email me. I’m always happy to help.