What are mortgage points?


What are mortgage points is a question often asked by first-time homebuyers.

Mortgage points are percentages of the loan that you pay to the lender at or before closing to reduce your rate. Mortgage points usually refer to discount points only. However, mortgage points sometimes refer to both discount and origination points.

One mortgage point refers to 1% of the loan amount. If you are paying mortgage points to buy down your interest rate, you are paying 1% of the loan for 0.125% rate reduction.

Mortgage Points Types

Pure discount and /or origination points are most usually referred to as mortgage points. They are tax deductible - fully or partially, depending on your case. Regarding mortgage points deductibility, you could have a look at other articles in the MortgageQnA's knowledgebase.

Sometimes loan providers talk in points when they mean other loan fees, as well. For example, broker and lender fees can be expressed in points.

Often, there are other mortgage loan costs that are passed to the borrower within the quoted discount and origination points. In that case, discount and origination mortgage points are not tax deductible.

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