Fixed versus adjustable rate loans

With a fixed-rate loan, your monthly payment doesn't change for the entire duration of your loan. The amount of the payment allocated for principal (the actual loan amount) goes up, but your interest payment will go down in the same amount. The property taxes and homeowners insurance will go up over time, but generally, payments on fixed rate loans change little over the life of the loan.

During the early amortization period of a fixed-rate loan, a large percentage of your monthly payment pays interest, and a much smaller percentage toward principal. As you pay on the loan, more of your payment goes toward principal.

Borrowers might choose a fixed-rate loan to lock in a low rate. People select fixed-rate loans because interest rates are low and they want to lock in this low rate. For homeowners who have an ARM now, refinancing with a fixed-rate loan can provide greater monthly payment stability. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) now, we'd love to help you lock in a fixed-rate at the best rate currently available. Call Nationwide Home Loans at 5626935048 for details.

There are many kinds of Adjustable Rate Mortgages. ARMs usually adjust every six months, based on various indexes.

The majority of ARMs feature this cap, so they can't increase over a specified amount in a given period of time. Some ARMs won't adjust more than two percent per year, regardless of the underlying interest rate. Your loan may feature a "payment cap" that instead of capping the interest rate directly, caps the amount your monthly payment can increase in a given period. Plus, the great majority of ARM programs feature a "lifetime cap" — this cap means that your rate can't go over the capped percentage.

ARMs most often feature the lowest, most attractive rates toward the beginning. They usually guarantee that interest rate for an initial period that varies greatly. You may have heard about "3/1 ARMs" or "5/1 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 a number of years (3 or 5), then they adjust after the initial period. These loans are usually best for people who anticipate moving within three or five years. These types of adjustable rate programs are best for borrowers who plan to sell their house or refinance before the initial lock expires.

You might choose an Adjustable Rate Mortgage to take advantage of a very low initial interest rate and count on moving, refinancing or 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 increasing rates when they can't sell their home or refinance at the lower property value.

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