Also known as variable-rate mortgages and ARMs, adjustable-rate mortgages are an attractive option when mortgage rates are high, and look set to decline in the future.
ARMs start with a rate that is usually lower than the current fixed-rate options and remains at that rate for a set number of years (often five years) before the rate changes to match the current mortgage rate at defined intervals, as much as every year. The initial lower rate often means the monthly mortgage payment will be lower, making it an attractive option for homebuyers looking to keep a home purchase within a set budget.
With ARMs, it is important to know the original rate, the term of that rate, the frequency of rate adjustments, and the “ceiling and floor” rates. These caps are set on the amount the rate can rise or fall in one year or over the life of the loan. If you think you might want to refinance in the future, be sure to check whether you can pay off early without penalty.
ARMs can be complex, so it is a good idea to work closely with a mortgage specialist to be sure to understand all the terms and conditions that can impact your payment now and in the future.
You can do some detective work on your own by using loan calculators to see what impact a variety of changes will have on your monthly payment. Our Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Calculator gives you the power to investigate a number of different rate scenarios with no risk.
The Federal Reserve has put together a Consumer Handbook on Adjustable-rate Mortgages, which provides detailed descriptions of the parts of an ARM, along with features, cautions and a handy glossary of terms.
If you are ready to explore adjustable-rate mortgages at ITCU, take a look at the great interest rates we offer and then contact us or use our handy online application to get the mortgage process rolling today.
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