Popular with first time home buyers, FHA loans allow for low down payments for qualified borrowers. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are insured by the federal government. They can be used to purchase or refinance a new or existing 1- to 4-unit home, condominium, or a manufactured or mobile home (provided it is on a permanent foundation).
An ARM is a mortgage with an interest rate that is linked to an economic index. The interest rate, and your payments, are periodically adjusted up or down as the index changes. This differs from a fixed-rate loan where you "lock in" to a specific interest rate and pays that rate for the life of the loan unless you decide to refinance.
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Did you know the median amount of time that people stay in their home before they decide to sell is 13 years?1 A new job, a bigger family, retirement—there are all sorts of reasons you might want to move to a different home, well before you'll be finished with a traditional 30-year mortgage. If you're likely to move within 10-15 years—like so many other homeowners—a 15/15 ARM could be right up your alley.
This loan is also a good choice for people seeking a budget-friendly monthly payment for the time being, but are planning on a steady increase in income over the next few years. It could also make sense if you wanted to make extra payments on your mortgage—paying down your principal and building up equity faster.
The current interest rates for home loans are getting lower and lower, making the 15/15 ARM an especially attractive home loan option. Already have a home mortgage? Consider refinancing to take advantage of this buyer’s market—possibly lowering your monthly payment or helping you pay off your loan faster!
The 15/15 ARM is a unique, adjustable-rate mortgage that features a fixed interest rate for the first 15 years, followed by a one-time rate adjustment for the remainder of the loan. Its biggest benefit? The initial interest rate can be lower than what you get with a typical 30-year mortgage. That equals a more affordable monthly payment, and more disposable income or savings for you.
Other adjustable-rate mortgages typically adjust interest rates every year after the initial rate period. So, while there are other low interest rate mortgage options out there, few offer the comfort and stability of the 15/15 ARM.
The 15/15 ARM is a great opportunity for a wide variety of homebuyers, but it pays to work out the details with a mortgage professional.
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Source: Previous home borrowers surveyed since 2017.
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