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Drive a Bargain: The Road to Reduced Interest Rates

Sunday, December 3, 2023   /   by John Salkowski

Drive a Bargain: The Road to Reduced Interest Rates

These are the three 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 three 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.

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.

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.
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