Adjustable versus fixed rate loans

A fixed-rate loan features the same payment amount over the life of your mortgage. The property tax and homeowners insurance which are almost always part of the payment will increase over time, but in general, payments on these types of loans vary little.

When you first take out a fixed-rate loan, the majority your payment is applied to interest. This proportion reverses as the loan ages.

You can choose a fixed-rate loan in order to lock in a low interest rate. Borrowers select these types of loans because interest rates are low and they wish to lock in at the low rate. For homeowners who have an ARM now, refinancing into a fixed-rate loan can provide greater stability in monthly payments. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) now, we can assist you in locking a fixed-rate at the best rate currently available. Call Dick Lepre NMLS #302379 at 4152449383 to learn more.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages — ARMs, come in a great number of varieties. ARMs are generally adjusted every six months, based on various indexes.

The majority of Adjustable Rate Mortgages are capped, which means they can't increase over a specific amount in a given period. Your ARM may feature a cap on how much your interest rate can increase in one period. For example: no more than two percent per year, even if the underlying index increases by more than two percent. Sometimes an ARM features a "payment cap" that guarantees your payment will not increase beyond a fixed amount over the course of a given year. Almost all ARMs also cap your rate over the duration of the loan.

ARMs most often feature their lowest rates at the beginning of the loan. They usually guarantee the lower interest rate from a month to ten years. You may hear people talking about "3/1 ARMs" or "5/1 ARMs". In these loans, the initial rate is fixed for three or five years. After this period it adjusts every year. These loans are fixed for 3 or 5 years, then they adjust after the initial period. These loans are best for people who anticipate moving in three or five years. These types of adjustable rate loans benefit people who will sell their house or refinance before the loan adjusts.

Most borrowers who choose ARMs do so when they want to get lower introductory rates and don't plan on remaining in the house for any longer than this initial low-rate period. ARMs can be risky when housing prices go down because homeowners could be stuck with rates that go up if they cannot sell their home or refinance at the lower property value.

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