Fixed versus adjustable loans

A fixed-rate loan features a fixed payment for the entire duration of your loan. Your property taxes may go up (or rarely, down), and so might the homeowner's insurance in your monthly payment. For the most part monthly payments for a fixed-rate loan will be very stable.

Early in a fixed-rate loan, a large percentage of your payment goes toward interest, and a much smaller percentage toward principal. As you pay , more of your payment is applied to principal.

Borrowers can choose a fixed-rate loan in order to lock in a low interest rate. People select these types of loans because interest rates are low and they want to lock in at this low rate. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) now, refinancing with a fixed-rate loan can provide greater consistency in monthly payments. If you currently have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), we'd love to help you lock in a fixed-rate at a favorable rate. Call Executive Lending Group, LLC at (816) 525-8000 & (81 to discuss your situation with one of our professionals.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages — ARMs, come in many varieties. Generally, interest on ARMs are based on an outside index. Some examples of outside indexes are: the 6-month Certificate of Deposit (CD) rate, the 1 year rate on Treasure Securities, the Federal Home Loan Bank's 11th District Cost of Funds Index (COFI), or others.

Most ARM programs feature a cap that protects you from sudden increases in monthly payments. Some ARMs won't increase more than two percent per year, regardless of the underlying interest rate. Sometimes an ARM has a "payment cap" that guarantees your payment won't increase beyond a certain amount over the course of a given year. The majority of ARMs also cap your rate over the life of the loan period.

ARMs most often feature their lowest, most attractive rates toward the beginning. They usually guarantee that interest rate from a month to ten years. You may have heard about "3/1 ARMs" or "5/1 ARMs". In these loans, the initial rate is fixed for three or five years. After this period it adjusts every year. These kinds of loans are fixed for a certain number of years (3 or 5), then they adjust. Loans like this are best for borrowers who expect to move in three or five years. These types of ARMs benefit people who will sell their house or refinance before the initial lock expires.

You might choose an ARM to take advantage of a lower introductory interest rate and count on moving, refinancing or absorbing the higher rate after the introductory rate expires. ARMs are risky when property values decrease and borrowers can't sell their home or refinance their loan.

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