- A written agreement or contract in which the lender guarantees the borrower a specified interest rate, provided the loan closes within a set time period.
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Related Terms and Acronyms
- Commitment — Definition,
- A written agreement from a lender promising to lend money on certain terms for a specified time period.
- Lock-in — Definition,
- A lender's guarantee that the mortgage rate quoted will not change for a specific period. The borrower wants the lock to stay in effect until closing.
- Mortgage Rate — Definition, Very Important,
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- The interest rate on a mortgage loan.
- One-year Adjustable — Definition,
- Mortgage whose annual rate changes yearly. The rate is usually based on movements of a published index plus a specified margin, chosen by the lender.
- Pre-approval — Definition,
- A process that mortgage lenders use to determine how much money they would lend you based on a thorough review of your financial situation. Lenders issue a pre-approval letter which strengthens your position when bidding on a home, as it shows sellers that you will be able to raise funds needed to purchase.
- Purchase Agreement — Definition,
- A written promise to pay a specific amount for a property at a specified time. The purchase agreement is a written statement of the offer, which both the borrower and the seller will sign if the offer is accepted.
- Rate — Definition,
- Percentage a borrower pays for the use of money, usually expressed as an annual percentage.
- Rate Hold — Definition,
- The length of time, typically between 60 and 120 days, that a lender will guarantee a loan's interest rate once you are locked in.
- Variable Rate Mortgage (VRM) — Acronym, Very Important,
➥ A type of mortgage loan offered by brokers and lenders.
- Home loan in which the interest rate is changed periodically based on a standard financial index. Also called an "Adjustable-rate Mortgage."