The More You Know: An Informational Mortgage Message from Pres

Written by guest contributor Pres Guy


For many aspiring homeowners, the prospect of securing a mortgage can be a daunting task, often accompanied by complex financial considerations. However, in the realm of mortgage financing, there exists a valuable strategy known as a “Temporary Rate Buy-Down” that can help reduce the worries that are associated with a higher interest rate market. This method of creative financing can be a game-changer for borrowers seeking to enhance their affordability and financial flexibility. In this short blog post, we will explore what a Temporary Rate Buy-Down is and why it can be advantageous for prospective homebuyers.

Understanding Temporary Rate Buy-Downs:

A Temporary Rate Buy-Down is a financial arrangement in which a seller, a builder, or even the lender pays an upfront fee to reduce the interest rate on a home loan for a specific period. Typically, this reduction in the interest rate is temporary, lasting anywhere from one to several years, after which the mortgage rate returns to its original level. The most common in today’s market are 2-1 buy-downs and 1-0 buy-downs. In a 2-1 Buy-down, if your qualifying rate is 7.25%, your Year 1 rate would be 5.25% and your Year 2 rate would be 6.25%, before the rate goes back to 7.25% for years 3-30. Hopefully rates would be low enough to refinance before going back to your qualifying rate.

Advantages of Temporary Rate Buy-Downs:

1. Lower Initial Monthly Payments:

One of the primary benefits of a Temporary Rate Buy-Down is the immediate reduction in monthly mortgage payments. This can make homeownership more accessible, especially for first-time buyers or those on a tight budget, by providing breathing room in the early years of the loan.

2. Financial Flexibility:

The reduced monthly payments during the buy-down period offer borrowers greater financial flexibility. This can be particularly advantageous during the initial years of homeownership when additional expenses, such as home improvements or unexpected repairs, may arise.

3. Seller Concessions and Negotiation Leverage:

In some cases, sellers may be willing to contribute to a Temporary Rate Buy-Down as part of negotiations. This can be particularly advantageous for sellers, because offering to cover closing costs for a temporary buy-down, instead of lowering the purchase price will help lower the buyer’s monthly payment much more efficiently.


Temporary Rate Buy-Downs offer a compelling solution for homebuyers looking to navigate the challenges of mortgage financing in a higher interest rate market. By providing immediate relief in the form of lower monthly payments and financial flexibility over the first few years for the borrower, this strategy empowers buyers to achieve their homeownership dreams without compromising their financial well-being and becoming “house poor.”.

As with any financial decision, it’s crucial for individuals to carefully consider their unique circumstances and consult with expert mortgage professionals, like us at Team Lending By Design, to determine if a Temporary Rate Buy-Down aligns with their long-term financial goals. In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, this innovative approach stands as a testament to the adaptability and creativity that can enhance the accessibility of homeownership for a diverse range of individuals. It is vital to have the right team by your side. Hanks Realty Group and myself are proven professionals that will get the job done!

Until next time,


Pres Guy

American Security Mortgage Corporation

Loan Officer

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