Factors that affect your Mortgage Rate

Higher Loan Amount Rates Up
Longer Term of Loan Rates Up
Adjustable Rate Rates Down
Higher Down Payment Rates Down
More or Higher Discount Points Rates Down
Better Credit Quality Rates Down
Higher Income Level Rates Down
Longer Lock In Period Rates Up
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The amount of your loan can increase your interest rate if the amount financed exceeds the conforming loan limits established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These are the federal loan departments. The conforming loan limit is determined at the beginning of each year.

Shorter loans, such as 15 year or 20 year notes, can save you thousand of dollars in interest payments over the life of the loan, but your monthly payments will be higher. An adjustable rate mortgage may get you started with a lower interest rate than a fixed rate mortgage, but your payments amount will increase when the interest rate goes up.


A larger down payment, greater than 20% – will give you the best possible rate. With down payments of 5% or less you should expect to pay a higher rate as you are starting with less equity as collateral. If you’ve got the cash now and want to lower your payments, you can pay points on your loan to lower your mortgage rate. One point equals one percent of the loan amount. It’s a simple concept, really: In exchange for more money upfront, lenders are willing to lower the interest rate they charge, cutting the borrower’s payments. Closing costs are fees paid by the lender, if you don’t want to pay all of the closing costs, expect a higher rate which will pay the lender additional interest over the life of the loan.

Credit quality and debt-to-income-ratio affect the terms of your loan through your FICO Score. If you have good credit and your monthly income far surpasses your monthly debt obligations, you will get approved at a lower interest rate. However, if your monthly income barely covers your minimum debt obligations, even if you have a good credit report, you will not receive the lowest available interest rate.