One of the first choices a homebuyer will need to make is whether you want a fixed-rate or an adjustable-rate mortgage loan. The bulk of loans will fit into one of these two categories, however, there is a third option that will allow you to “hybrid” the two.
An Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, (ARM): The interest rate of the mortgage adjusts periodically based on market conditions. For example, your payment will go up if rates go up and go down if rates go down. Fixed-Rate Mortgage: Unlike an adjustable-rate mortgage the interest rate is set at the time you take out the loan and will not change. Fixed-rate home loans can be 10, 15, 20, or 30 years fixed. There are a few lenders that will allow you to use an odd year for a refinance (call for details). 30-year fixed is the most common because it allows your mortgage payment to be the lowest. A Hybrid ARM: Features an initial fixed interest rate for a certain length of time and then becomes an adjustable-rate for the remainder of the term. Standard fixed terms are 3, 5, 7, and 10 years. These loans are amortized over 30 years.