Let’s say you are looking to buy a $350,000 home with 20% down for a loan amount of $280,000.

You want a 30-year fixed mortgage, and assume the rate is 4.25%; the principal and interest payment would be $1,377.43.

If you paid a point, assume the rate would be 3.875% and the payment is $1,316.66. Does it make sense to buy down the rate?

The first step is to determine how much it costs.

One point is equal to 1% of the loan amount, which is $2,800 in this case. The next step is to determine how much you will save; you would save $60.77 per month ($1,377.43-$1,316.66).

Finally, determine how long it would take to breakeven, or to recover the cost of the point, i.e. $2,800/$60.77 = 46.07 months (or 3.84 years).

So, if you keep the mortgage for at least 3.84 years, then you will benefit from the cost of the buy down.

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