Joanne Marie Tucker

Joanne Marie Tucker
Residential Mortgage Loan Originator

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As the name implies, a fixed rate mortgage is one on which the interest rate is fixed and set for the duration of the loan. In other words, the interest rate remains the same during the entire term of the mortgage or for a stipulated length of time. Fixed rate mortgages are the most popular ones and almost 75% of all home mortgages are fixed interest rate mortgages.

The biggest benefit of a fixed rate mortgage is that you will know precisely what your mortgage interest and principal payments are going to be and hence plan your budgeting in accordance.

By virtue of the fixed mortgage rate, you are secure in the knowledge that the interest rate is going to remain unchanged for the duration of the fixed rate mortgage. For example, the lender offers a 15 year fixed loan to the buyer of a home. He charges the purchaser 4% interest which is fixed and will not change for the entire term of the loan. Whether the market rate rises to 7% or decreases to 3%, the homebuyer will continue to pay the fixed 4% interest rate. Thus a Fixed-Rate Mortgage applies the same interest rate toward monthly loan payments for the term of the loan.

Characteristics of a fixed rate mortgage

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1. It is simple and easy to understand in comparison to the Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs).

2. It offers more security for buyers and is very commonly used by first time home buyers.

3. It is best suited for persons who like to know what their monthly budget for expenses is going to be and for those who wish to keep their houses for a longer period of time.

4. The fixed rate interest mortgages usually charge higher rates of interest than ARMs as the risk perceived by lenders is higher.

5. The Fixed rate mortgages usually have higher initial monthly payments compared to those of adjustable rate mortgages.

6. Fixed-rate mortgages have less flexibility than adjustable rate mortgages.

In the case of adjustable rate mortgages the interest rate is not fixed, but changes during the life of the loan. These changes are linked to an index rate and move in accordance to it. The Adjustable Rate Mortgage offers you the benefit of low initial rates and therefore you are able to afford more expensive homes. In a fixed-rate mortgage, your interest rate stays fixed for the entire life of the mortgage.

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