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Same as term Points: An upfront cash payment required by the lender as part of the charge for the loan, expressed as a percent of the loan amount; e.g., '3 points' means a charge equal to 3% of the loan amount. When points are negative, the lender credits the borrower or the mortgage broker. Negative points are termed '''rebates.' When retained by a mortgage broker, they are termed 'yield spread premiums.'