Monday, August 15, 2016 / by Teresa Dipeso
Fixed-rate mortgage: The fixed-rate is just as it sounds, a rate that you are locked into over the life of the loan.
---Some of the pros are: Rates and payments remain constant, allows you to budget and plan with confidence, it's more straightforward than an ARM, it gives you a relieving sense of security (which means better sleep!).
---Here are the cons: You won't be able to take advantage of when interest rates fall without refinancing, and you may not qualify for as much house as you might like, since fixed-rates are typically higher than ARMs.
Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs): They are also as they sound, rates that go up or down over the life of the loan.
---Some pros: There are lower rates and payments early in the loan, you have a better chance to qualify for a pricier property (since the lender will use the lower payment when calculating your lendable amount), you'll automatically take advantage of when interest rates go down without having to refinance.
---But, here are the cons: Rates and payments can rise substantially, you'll need to understand the details of your loan (such as caps, margins and adjustment indexes), if you have a specific type of ARM called a negative amortization loan (NegAm) then you may owe more than you did at closing since payments can be so low that they only cover a part of the interest do and the rest is rolled into the principal.
So, which is the one for you? It really depends on your financial situation and personality! Each carries its own risks and rewards. Talk to myself or our lending specialist, Vicki Kammer of Mortgage Network for free, friendly advice.