ARM Loans 2023 OverviewJonathan
An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) is a type of mortgage in which the interest rate can fluctuate over time. The key advantage of an ARM is that its initial interest rate is usually lower than that of a similar fixed-rate mortgage, making your monthly payments more affordable initially. Depending on the terms of the ARM, these lower payments can last for several years or even a decade. This makes it a good option for those who plan to stay in their home for a short period of time, and move before the ARM resets to a variable rate. As interest rates rise, payments will also increase. ARMs can also be beneficial if you anticipate a significant increase in income or assets in the future. When the ARM resets, you will be able to pay off the loan or refinance into another mortgage. Additionally, choosing an ARM can be a wise strategy when interest rates are on the rise, but haven’t reached their peak yet. This allows you to lock in a rate that protects you from further increases. By the time the ARM resets, interest rates may have dropped, making it possible to refinance into a lower fixed-rate mortgage. Here are some general requirements (but these are guidelines and check with us for specific details) For a conventional ARM the credit score will generally need to be at least 620 (FHA and VA may be lower). ARM DTI (Debt-to-Income ratio) generally can’t exceed 50% ARM down payments are generally at least 5% on conventional loans and lower for FHA. Schedule a free consultation with us on our website and we can review your specific situation to see what best fits your needs.