What is a 2/1 buydown and how does it work?
A 2/1 temporary buydown provides a buyer a discounted interest rate for the first 2 years of the loan term. A lump sum of money is deposited, by seller/builder, into an escrow account to pay the difference in rate for the buydown years. These funds are then drawn by the servicer and used to reduce the borrower’s payment each month until the third year when they start making the full PITI payment. During the buydown period, taxes and insurance are still collected as part of their payment.