Prime Mortgage Requirements: A Look at Then and Now
One effect of the housing market's collapse has been tougher requirements for prime mortgage loans. While there have been some hints in recent months that lenders are loosening these strict requirements, there remains a wide gulf between previous and current requirements.
What Is a Balloon Mortgage?
Shopping for a mortgage? Consider taking out a balloon mortgage, which offers low interest rates and affordable payments. A balloon mortgage is like a conventional fixed-rate mortgage in that it offers stable payments at a set interest rate over a specific number of years, but that’s where the similarity ends. Balloon mortgages don’t fully amortize, so there’s a large payment due at the end of the loan’s term. They’re not for everyone, but balloon mortgages are an ideal choice under certain circumstances.