A type of mortgage which requires the buyer to pay additional discount points or make a substantial down payment in return for a below market interest rate. Another form of a buy-down is one in which the seller offers 3-2-1 interest payment plans or pays closing costs such as the origination fee. During times of high interest rates buy-downs may induce buyers to purchase property they might otherwise not have purchased.
The seller pays an amount to the lender so the lender provides a lower rate and lower payments many times for an ARM. The seller may increase the sales price to cover the cost of the buy down.
- Browse Related Terms: A.P.R., annual percentage rate (A.P.R.), Assumption, Buy Down, Commitment Letter, Discount point, Float, Interest Accrual Rate, Truth-in-Lending Act
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