Lower Initial Monthly Mortgage Payments
These increasingly popular ARMS—also called 5/1, 7/1, or 10/1 — can offer the best of both worlds: lower interest rates (like ARMs) and a fixed payment for a longer period of time than most adjustable rate loans. For example, a “5/1 loan” has a fixed monthly payment and interest for the first five years and then turns into a traditional adjustable-rate loan, based on then-current rates for the remaining 25 years. It’s a good choice for people who expect to move (or refinance) before or shortly after the adjustment occurs.
How much mortgage can I afford?
The first step in buying a house is determining a realistic budget. Start with this handy calculator to get an estimate of how much you can qualify for, and how a home loan will fit into your monthly payments. The calculator considers your income, purchase price, and total monthly payment. Try a couple of scenarios to see how it might affect your finances.
What are the benefits of an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM)?
The rates on adjustable mortgage are short-term. Short term rates are usually lower than fixed-rate mortgages resulting in lower monthly payments for the fixed period of the ARM. AS a result, ARMs allow a home buyers to purchase a more expensive home. ARM are also a great loan option for short-term real estate investments.
What is an adjustable-rate mortgage?
Market conditions can affect a number of different financial factors, which, cause the interest rates on an adjustable-rate mortgage to rise and fall. Different adjustable rate mortgages use different indexes to establish the rate of the adjustable rate mortgages like the 11th District Cost of Funds Index (COFI), the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the 12-month Treasury Average Index (MTA), the Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) and the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate.
What are the interest rates for adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs)?
Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), have monthly payments that start lower that a fixed-rate mortgage but can move up and down as interest rates fluctuate. ARMs traditionally have an fixed-rate period of either 3, 5, or 7 years in which the rate doesn’t change. This is followed by a longer period where the rate may change at preset intervals.
What the adjustment period of an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
The rate for an ARM adjusts after a given time after the fixed rate period ends. It’s commonly known as know as the “adjustment period.” The most common adjustment period for an ARM loan is 1 year. This means that once a year, the loan rate adjusts to the index + margin.