I haven't done a lot of new construction, but it's my understanding that when you start looking for money from a builder, they typically offer you discounts on upgrades rather than lowering the price of the home or lowering the cost of closing/mortgage.
Builders buy wholesale so they are able to get discounts that homeowners would not be able to get on their own. It's certainly not a bad thing and 70 percent off is certainly an incentive to stay with that builder. I think a savvy new home buyer should always work a discount off up upgrades, especially in a down market.
And I'm glad to hear you have shopped around for your mortgage.... more
Hi Estherk, I did some research and found a link for the IRS page about deducting points. It's actually form 530. I have included the link below. I hope it helps clarify matters. There is a flowchart. Any questions or if you need a referral for a Shakopee agent let me know -- I have a great friend nearby who is a top agent.... more
We are both in the real estate profession and own a few properties we have posed this exact question to. We base our decision on:
Will we own the property longer than 10 years? If not, we don't feel the savings versus the closing costs outweigh the process. If you are planning on staying in the home, than yes, the savings will be worth it.
Can we afford the monthly payments and how drastically will they change our payment? If it will save us less than $100/month, for us, that is not worth it as at any time plans can change and we would have to sell earlier than later.
With a recent purchase and with the stricter guidelines for refinancing and the current market values stable or declining, would we really qualify for the best rate if we don't have 10-20% equity in the property?
Are closing costs going to run 2%? Adding the closing costs into the loan will add to the payment, not improve it and do we want to pay the cash out of pocket?
It's an individual decision. If we had 15-20% equity in a property and were planning on holding on to it for at least 8 years, we would most likely re-finance as long as closing costs were at a minimum. We would go to who currently holds our mortgage first as that is the best best to have the lowest closing costs.... more