Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Deciding whether to take fixed rate mortgage (FRM) or adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) is a very important part of mortgage process. A good mortgage lender will describe you the pros and cons of both.Fixed rate mortgage (FRM) is a mortgage in which the interest rate is fixed for some period that can be 10 yrs, 15 yrs, 30 yrs. For that period interest rate will not change. FRM is liked by a lot of people because it provides certainty.
An Adjustable rate mortgage(ARM)has two components:
* Fix Component
* Adjustable Component
The interest rate is fixed for certain period of time, that can be as short as 6 months or as long as 10 yrs and after that the interest rate begins to adjust, they adjust up and down with the market.
Then why should someone take adjustable rate mortgage(ARM)? when they can have the certainty of fixed rate mortgage(FRM). The answer is very simple, most ARM have lower interest rate than FRM.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage:
- Moving with in 5 yrs
People who knows that they will be moving within 5 yrs or so prefer adjustable rate mortgage(ARM). For example people who are first time home buyers or about to get married or having children. Average Americans moves every 9 yrs, we also know 30 yr FRM is only in the books. Before completing the 30 yr period, people move or refinance. Paying for 30 year mortgage, which is more expensive most of the time is not suitable. Especially if a person knows they will be in a new mortgage sometime in future.
- Certain of being in your home for a long time.
Conclusively, working with a good mortgage lender to understand the pros and cons of both and to match your situation with the right mortgage is very important.
Refinancing nowadays is more about thinking, “can I refinance” rather than “should I refinance”. This is mainly because of housing prices in the country, which have made it difficult for homeowners to take advantage of current low rates. So, let’s think again, how much my home is worth?
Since housing prices increased in the summer, they have fallen about 3 percent across the country. Current reports suggest that they might drop even further before this summer. If you have been waiting to refinance for more than a month, you should have another look at this important statistic. Otherwise, when you go to close, you might be surprised.
Some websites provide free estimate of home’s value based on similar home prices in the area. These often give a basic idea. When home values are decreasing like they are now, assuming to the lower end of these estimates is a better idea. Getting a professional appraisal done is the accurate way to keep track of your house’s value, but it is expensive.
How to overcome low house values?
If your home value is not allowing for refinance, the two options you have are a government loan modification or making extra payments until you can qualify. Both these options take time, and homeowners who are unable to refinance due to low price of home may have to wait. Fortunately, once summer comes, home prices might show some improvement. When this happens, you will have a narrow chance for refinancing. I would recommend to use it.