Month: February 2014

ARM vs Fixed Rate Blog

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A Fixed-Rate Mortgage or Fixed Rate Loan applies the same interest rate toward monthly loan payments for the life of the loan. Fixed-Rate Loans are more straightforward and easier to understand than Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) or ARM mortgages. They are also more secure for the buyer, and are popular with first-time homebuyers looking for home mortgage loans. Since the lender takes a higher risk, fixed-rate mortgages generally have higher interest rates than ARM mortgages. For example, a lender of home mortgage loans can offer a 30-year fixed rate loan to a homebuyer at a 7.0% interest rate. The fixed rate loan is locked in to the 7.0% interest rate, even if the market interest rate rises to 9.0%. Conversely, if the market interest rate decreases to 5.5% for home mortgage loans, you, as the borrower, will continue to pay the 7% interest rate.


Fixed-Rate Loan benefits include:

No change in monthly principal and interest payments regardless of fluctuations in interest rates
More stability may give you “peace-of-mind”
Fixed-Rate Loan disadvantages include:

Higher initial monthly payments compared to those of adjustable rate mortgages
Less flexibility
An adjustable rate mortgage, which may qualify as a second mortgage loan, does not apply the same interest rate toward monthly payments for the life of the loan. Throughout the life of that loan, the homebuyer’s principal and interest payment for second mortgage loans will adjust periodically based on fluctuations in the interest rate.

For example, a lender of second mortgage loans could offer a 30-year adjustable rate mortgage loan to a homebuyer at an initial 6.5% interest rate. During an adjustment period for the ARM Mortgage loan, the market interest rate could rise to 8.0, resulting in a significantly larger interest payment. Similarly, the market interest rate could decrease to 6.0%, resulting in lower interest payments.


ARM Mortgage benefits include:

Initial payments lower due to lower beginning interest rate, usually about 2 percentage points below the fixed rate
Ability to qualify for a higher loan amount due to lower initial interest rates
Lower interest payments if the interest rate drops over time
Interest rate caps limit the maximum interest payment allowed for the loan
ARM Mortgage disadvantages include:

Initial lower interest rate and monthly payments are temporary and apply to the first adjustment period. Typically, the interest rate will rise after the initial adjustment period.
Higher interest payments if the interest rate rises over time.

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Get your finances organized before you begin the task of purchasing. It’s great to go home hunting but if you don’t know the amount that you can finance or if you have some items on your credit report that need to be taken care of, you may cause yourself heartache.


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Interest Only

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-Extremely low payments…
-Interest Only loans are typically Adjustable Rates with fixed terms of 1,3, 5, 7, and 10 years in length.
-Usually the adjustable term matches the interest only term. That means after the fixed period the loan simultaneously becomes adjustable and the payment amortizes with principal and interest.

An Interest only mortgage can be an excellent choice for some borrowers. They are designed to offer the lowest payment possible. Although none of the payment goes toward the principal you still receive the appreciation of your homes value. Many savvy homeowners select this option so they may invest the difference of monthly savings.

Because of the lower payment, the interest only loan may mean that you can buy more home than with a fully amortizing mortgage. Of course, you may make additional payments toward your principal balance at any time.
The reduction on monthly bills with the option of reducing your principal owed when the financial means are available is a very powerful option.

*Interest only loans can be risky.

Weather Chills the Hot Housing Market

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With the cold weather in January and February of 2014, the housing market slowed. Its expected to pick up steam as more potential homeowners look to take advantage of still low home prices.

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