Adjustable versus fixed rate loans
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With a fixed-rate loan, your payment never changes for the life of the mortgage. The longer you pay, the more of your payment goes toward principal. Your property taxes may go up (or rarely, down), and so might the homeowner's insurance in your monthly payment. But generally payment amounts on your fixed-rate loan will increase very little.
When you first take out a fixed-rate loan, the majority your payment goes toward interest. That reverses as the loan ages.
Borrowers can choose a fixed-rate loan in order to lock in a low rate. People select these types of loans when interest rates are low and they want to lock in at the low rate. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) now, refinancing into a fixed-rate loan can offer greater consistency in monthly payments. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) now, we'd love to assist you in locking a fixed-rate at the best rate currently available. Call Kota Realty & Mortgage Services, Inc at (214) 317-4272 to discuss your situation with one of our professionals.
There are many different kinds of Adjustable Rate Mortgages. ARMs are normally adjusted twice a year, based on various indexes.
Most programs feature a "cap" that protects you from sudden monthly payment increases. Some ARMs won't adjust more than two percent per year, regardless of the underlying interest rate. Sometimes an ARM features a "payment cap" which ensures that your payment can't go above a certain amount in a given year. Plus, the great majority of ARM programs have a "lifetime cap" — this means that your rate won't exceed the cap percentage.
ARMs usually start out at a very low rate that usually increases as the loan ages. You've probably heard of 5/1 or 3/1 ARMs. In these loans, the initial rate is fixed for three or five years. It then adjusts every year. These kinds of loans are fixed for 3 or 5 years, then adjust. Loans like this are best for borrowers who anticipate moving in three or five years. These types of ARMs benefit borrowers who plan to sell their house or refinance before the initial lock expires.
You might choose an Adjustable Rate Mortgage to get a lower initial interest rate and plan on moving, refinancing or simply absorbing the higher rate after the initial rate goes up. ARMs can be risky when housing prices go down because homeowners could be stuck with rates that go up when they cannot sell their home or refinance at the lower property value.
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