Interest rates dropped at the end of November after creeping up over the summer. As of the beginning of December, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with interest rates below 5 percent were readily available. Mortgage interest rates change as often as two to three times in one day. Securing the lowest rate possible is every borrower's goal. However, it's impossible to time the finance market, just as it's impossible to predict exactly when the housing market will peak or slide. In this low-interest-rate environment, many buyers are locking in a rate, either when they submit their loan application and purchase contract, or some time before closing. A lock-in is a commitment from the lender to hold an interest rate for a period of time. Points (the lenders original fees) can also be locke...
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