What Is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
Adjustable-rate mortgages have their own set of pros and cons. Learn what they are before you sign on the dotted line. Unlike a fixed-rate mortgage where the interest rate remains the same for the life of the loan, an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) has an interest rate that can increase or decrease several times during the mortgage term. ARM’s are riskier for the borrower, especially if interest rates take a significant uptick, but they are the right in many instances. Learn more about adjustable-rate mortgages and compare them to conventional fixed-rate mortgages before you start shopping for your dream home so that you go into the process with everything you need to know.
The Low Down on Down Payments
DETERMINE YOUR DOWN PAYMENT - Don't make the mistake of looking at all your assets and concluding that’s how much you have for your down payment. First, set aside 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price for closing costs. Then, set aside an additional $5,000 to $10,000 (depending on where you live) for relocation expenses, moving costs, furniture and short-term improvements, and unforeseen costs.