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Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Both fixed and adjustable rate mortgage loans are available for conventional conforming loans, jumbo (non-conforming) loans and FHA or VA programs.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage:

This type of loan has an interest rate that doesn’t change over the life of the loan, so monthly payments for principal and interest (P&I) do not fluctuate. They typically have a 15- or 30-year term length, though they can be for any length the borrower and lender agree upon.

Benefits:

  • Predictable monthly P&I payments allow you to budget more easily
  • Protection from rising interest rates for the life of the loan, no matter how high interest rates may go
  • May be a good choice if you plan to stay in your home for a long time


Considerations:

  • The overall interest paid is higher on a longer-term loan than a shorter-term loan
  • Shorter-term loans typically have higher interest rates than longer-term loans

 


Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM):

This type of loan has interest rates that are adjusted periodically based on changes in overall interest rates. If interest rates rise, you can expect to see an increase in what you pay monthly. Your interest rate and monthly P&I stay the same for an initial period of 5, 7 or 10 years, then are adjusted annually.


Benefits:

  • Often has an interest rate cap that sets a limit on how high your interest rate can go
  • Loans available in a variety of longer terms.
  • Includes interest rate cap that set a limit on how high your interest rate can go.


Considerations:

  • Monthly P&I payments may increase when the interest rate adjusts
  • Monthly P&I payments may change every year after initial fixed period is over

 

NOTE: Please see program specific pages for details or speak with your local mortgage consultant.
By refinancing an existing loan, your total finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan.


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