Interest rates on jumbo mortgages jumped about 3/4 percent in mid-August. Before settling for higher rates or giving up altogether, consider the following ways you might lower your financing costs. Even though jumbos increased in price, conforming rates -- for mortgage amounts up to $417,000 -- decreased. On Aug. 20, for example, it was possible to find a 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgage for 6.25 percent and one point. At the same time, jumbo mortgages over $417,000 were going for 7.25 percent and one point. "Points" is a term lenders use for a mortgage origination fee that's paid by the borrower one time only at closing. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount. By paying more points upfront, a borrower can lower the mortgage interest rate for the term of the loan. ...
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