Adjustable Rate Mortgages, or ARMs, are a popular option for many people. Click the button below to apply and see if an ARM is right for you, or read on and learn all about how they work.
Fixed rate mortgages have an interest rate that remains the same for the life of the loan, while the interest rate on an ARM will change throughout. Initially, the interest rate of an ARM is lower than a fixed rate mortgage, making an ARM a good option for many planning to own their home only for a few years.
The components of an ARM are as follows: (A) an index, (B) a margin, (C) an interest rate cap structure, and (D) an initial interest rate period. After the initial interest rate period ends, adding the index to the margin is how the new interest rate is calculated by adding a margin to the index. Your lender will disclose the margin at time of loan application (margins may vary from lender to lender, so it's a good idea to shop around for a low margin). As the index figure moves up or down, your interest rate will be adjusted accordingly. Acceptable index options on FHA insured ARM loan transactions are (A) the Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) index (weekly average yield of U.S. Treasury securities, adjusted to a constant maturity of one year); or (B) the 1-year London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Increases or decreases in the interest rate will be limited by the interest rate cap structure of your loan.
What this interest rate cap structure does is protect from large interest rate swings. The two types of caps are as follows: (A) annual, and (B) life-of-the-loan. What the annual cap does is restrict the amount your interest rate can change in any given year. The life-of-the-loan cap limits the minimum and maximum possible interest rate. The Federal Housing Administration offers a standard 1-year ARM as well as four "hybrid" ARM products. What is a hybrid ARM you ask? Well, a Hybrid ARM offers an initial interest rate which doesn't change for the first 3-, 5-, 7-, or 10 years. After that initial period, your interest rate will adjust annually. Here are the different interest rate cap structures for the various ARM products:
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