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How to cope with higher mortgage rates

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Buy 'less house'
Buy 'less house'

Borrowers who don't want to make a higher payment or accept the risk of a hybrid or traditional ARM, can trim the cost of the loan by buying a less expensive home or making a larger down payment to reduce the mortgage amount.

For example, the principal and interest on a $220,000 loan at 4.25 percent would be $1,082.27, and a $250,000 loan at the same rate would cost $1,229.85 a month. The smaller loan saves $147.58 a month. An even smaller loan would mean even more savings, though the trade-off may be a less desirable home.

"People are looking more at what's affordable and what's a payment they can manage," Thompson says. "I don't see that changing just because the rates ticked up."

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