What is an ARM?
An Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, or ARM, is a variable rate mortgage. While the interest rate on a fixed mortgage is set for the life of the loan, an ARM has a fixed interest rate for a given number of years and then adjusts once annually for a remaining time period. For example, a 10/1 ARM has a set interest rate for 10 years and can thereafter change once a year for 20 years.
With low initial interest rates and upfront savings, ARM loans are a popular option for many borrowers. These include those who are purchasing their first home and plan on moving before the loan adjusts or refinancing the loan within the fixed-rate window.
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage terms and conditions are often complicated and can be difficult to understand, but the loan experts at Global Equity Finance can make it easier to decide whether an ARM is the right choice for you.