Jeff Thomas, mortgage advisor, explains the steps you have to go through when buying a house, like what is a point
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What is a point? A point is very simple. It's a percent of the loan amount. So, if you have a $100,000 loan amount and your loan officer says, “Okay this program requires one point,” well then that's going to be a $1000, a half a point would be $500. It doesn't matter what they call it. Traditionally the loan officers can get paid by an origination fee. A discount point would go to buy your rate down, so you get a better rate and if you are dealing with the mortgage broker they may have a mortgage broker fee. But the easiest way to alleviate the issues with those is just to ask your loan officer, “how many points are we charging” so when you get the closing, if he says they are charging you two points, well then it will be one plus one. If he says, one and you get the closing and there is an origination fee plus a discount, well then you know something was up because one plus one is not one, it's two. So if you ask them total number of points, then you'll be able to figure out exactly what's going to happen. So, it doesn't matter what you get charged or what they call them, it just matters what happens at closing.