Temporary Rate Buydown

Temporary Rate Buydown Family home

A temporary rate buydown program for mortgages can be helpful for both homebuyers and lenders by making homeownership more affordable and attractive. In a buy-down program, a borrower or a third party typically pays an upfront fee to reduce the interest rate on the mortgage for a specified period of time (3/2/1/ – 2/1 – 1/1 – 1/0), usually the first few years of the loan. Here’s how it can be beneficial:

  1. Lower Initial Monthly Payments: The primary benefit of a buy-down program is that it reduces the borrower’s initial monthly mortgage payments. This can make homeownership more accessible to individuals who might struggle with the higher payments associated with a standard fixed-rate mortgage.
  2. Improved Affordability: Lower initial payments can help borrowers manage their finances more effectively, especially during the early years of homeownership when expenses tend to be higher.
  3. Increased Buying Power: Lower monthly payments can increase a borrower’s buying power, allowing them to consider more expensive homes or properties in higher-cost areas.
  4. Predictable Payments: Although payments will increase over time as the interest rate gradually rises, the buy-down program provides predictability during the initial years when homeowners are still settling into their new property. This can help with budgeting.
  5. Seller Assistance: In some cases, sellers might be willing to contribute to the buy-down program as part of the negotiation process. This can be an incentive for the buyer to choose their property over others on the market.
  6. Investment Benefits: For some buyers, using the money they save in the early years of the mortgage to invest in other assets or pay down higher-interest debt can be a financially savvy move.
  7. Temporary Solution: Buy-down programs are often temporary, with the interest rate gradually increasing to the original market rate over time. This can be helpful for borrowers who anticipate an increase in income or financial stability in the future.


  • Purchases only
  • Eligible Products:
    • Conventional fixed and ARMs
      • Primary and second homes only
    • Jumbo 30-Year Fixed Blue, Pink and Yellow
      • Primary and second homes only
    • Bank Statement 30-Year Fixed Orange
      • Primary and second homes only
    • FHA and VA
      • Primary homes only
    • No USDA products
    • Not available on manufactured homes
  • Buydown Options: 3-2-1, 2-1, 1-1 and 1-0 tiers
    • Only the 2-1 and 1-0 options are available on Jumbo 30-Year Fixed Blue, Pink and Yellow and Bank Statement 30-Year Fixed Orange


It’s important to note that while buy-down programs can offer numerous benefits, they also have costs. The upfront fees associated with buy-down programs can be substantial, and borrowers need to weigh the upfront cost against the long-term savings to determine if it’s a cost-effective strategy for them. The costs for such programs can be paid by the seller, the agents or the buyer. Additionally, borrowers should carefully review the terms and conditions of the buy-down to understand how the interest rate will adjust in the future.

Ultimately, a buy-down program can be helpful for borrowers who need assistance in the early years of homeownership or want to take advantage of lower interest rates without waiting for market conditions to change. However, it’s crucial to work with a qualified mortgage professional to assess whether a buy-down program is the right fit for your financial situation and homeownership goals.

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