An Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) is a type of loan whose prevailing interest rate is tied to an economic index (like one-year Treasury Bills), which fluctuates with the market. The three most popular types of ARMs are one-year ARMs, which adjust every year, three-year ARMs, which adjust every three years, and five-year ARMs, which adjust every five years. When the loan adjusts, the lender tacks a margin onto the economic index rate to come up with your loan’s new rate. ARMs are considered riskier than fixed-rate mortgages, but their starting interest rates are generally lower than a longer-term rate. Learn more about ARMs and other mortgage options here.
Which type of mortgage is right for you? There are many types of mortgage loans, from the traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to hybrid loans and interest only loans. What does each mortgage loan program offer? Learn more about the different types of mortgage loans in this Expert Real Estate Tips segment.
What is a interest only loan? Interest only loans keep monthly mortgage payments low and are good mortgage loans for short term home owners. How do interest only loans work and how many years are interest only loans good for? Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips video on interest only loans and find out if an interest only loan is the right mortgage for you.
What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage or ARM? What is the difference between a fully amortized loan and an interest only ARM? Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips video about adjustable rate mortgage loans (ARMs) and how they adjust after a fixed period of time.
Is a 30 year fixed rate mortgage loan right for you? What is the advantage of a 30 year fixed rate mortgage? 30 year fixed rate mortgages offer security even if you plan to sell or refinance your home after a few years. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment and learn all the advantages of a 30 year fixed rate mortgage loan.
Mortgage loan borrowers should expect to pay mortgage fees between 1% and 2% of the mortgage loan amount. Mortgage fees depend on the mortgage loan amount, mortgage loan type, interest rates and when in the month you closed on your home. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips video for more information about mortgage loan fees and how to estimate other costs associated with mortgage loans.
A home mortgage with one larger payment at some point is called a balloon loan. This type of mortgage is usually on a second mortgage. With these mortgage loans, most people will sell or refinance before the balloon payment is due. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips video about these special mortgages and find out if a balloon loan is right for you.
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Is shopping for mortgage loans on the Internet a good idea? The Internet is a good place to start looking for information on mortgage rates. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment on Internet shopping for mortgage loans and interest rates and learn how to get the big picture on mortgage loan shopping.
How do you shop for mortgage brokers? Finding a mortgage broker is not just about an interest rate quote. Find a mortgage broker you can trust who will work with you one on one. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment for more information on shopping for great mortgage brokers.
What are mortgage brokers paid and how is payment calculated? What is a good faith estimate and how can you tell junk fees from legitimate costs? Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment for more information about mortgage brokers fees and how mortgage brokers are paid.