What is a Kentucky Mortgage Rate Lock?
A Kentucky mortgage rate lock-in or mortgage rate-lock is designed to protect borrowers from interest rate increases during a mortgage loan application process. It basically is a promise by the lender to make a mortgage loan available to a borrower for a specific interest rate and with a specific number of points, regardless of whether interest rates go up or not while the loan is being processed. With a mortgage rate lock, a lender basically guarantees to hold a particular interest rate for a borrower for a predetermined length of time. Typically, lock-in periods range from one month to four-months though longer periods may occasionally be available. Sometimes a lock-in might apply only for the period from when a mortgage loan application is submitted to when it is actually approved.
A Kentucky mortgage rate lock is an extremely useful contract to have particularly during periods when interest rates are increasing or fluctuating a lot. Mortgage loan applications can take several weeks to process. During that time, there is no guarantee at all that the interest rate that was prevalent at the time the application was submitted will still be available at the time the loan is finally approved. Without a rate lock, there is no assurance that quoted terms and interest rates will still be available to the borrower at settlement time. Sometimes, lenders also quote extremely competitive interest rates and mortgage points in order to attract borrowers but then approve them at substantially higher rates and different terms. A rate lock-in is one way of ensuring that this does not happen.
Many lenders charge a fee for locking in a mortgage rate. The fees can vary by lender and by factors such as the duration of the lock-in period. Generally the longer the duration of the lock-in period, the greater is the fee. Sometimes, borrowers have to pay the mortgage rate lock fee upfront to the lender. In other cases, the lender may permit the borrower to fold in the rate-lock fee into the closing costs, or even make it a part of the total amount being financed. In general, borrowers should always attempt to get kentucky mortgage rate lock agreements in writing from the lender because oral guarantees can be hard to prove later.
A Kentucky mortgage rate lock is not a loan commitment though. All that it guarantees is a particular interest rate. While they are useful to have in most circumstances, sometimes a rate lock can be a disadvantage. For instance, if interest rates fall during the loan approval process, a borrower could end up with higher terms than what might be currently available at that time. Many lenders though are willing to write lock-ins that permit rates to float downwards with prevailing market conditions.
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