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Borrowers opt for permanent rate buydowns amid affordability challenges

Home prices growth and mortgage rates have come down from the peaks in 2022, but affordability still remains a challenge. In turn, borrowers who are entering the market are leaning heavily toward buying down their first lien interest rates by paying points up front. 

In the third week of January, 57% of all borrowers who locked in rates paid at least a half-point, 44% paid at least a full point and nearly a quarter lowered their mortgage rates with buydowns of two points or more, according to Black Knight’s details ⇒

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