Thursday, February 12, 2009

Understanding Fixed Rate Mortgage

No matter if you are trying to mortgage your home or trying to buy a home, you must know in the market today the two most common mortgage rates known as a Fixed Rate Mortgage (FRM) and the Variable or Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM).

There are many benefits and disadvantages to consider when deciding if a fixed rate mortgage is right for you. It is important to look at all options when it comes to something as important as getting a mortgage for your home.

A fixed rate home mortgage loan (FRM) means that the interest rate you get upon loan approval is the interest you maintain for the life of the loan. The benefit is that the rates and payments remain constant. There won't be any surprises even if inflation rises out of control and mortgage rates head to 20%. The life of the loan is refereed to as a mortgage term. A mortgage can range anywhere from a six months loan to 30 years. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage is the most common terms.

In general, fixed rate mortgages are a safer way for first time home buyers to get a mortgage, since there is greater stability and less risk involved. It is easy to budget and regulate your monthly expenses when you know exactly what your interest will be. Generally, FRMs are more expensive to compensate for the lesser risk and greater comfort involved. FRMs are also less risky since you always have the option to refinance in case interest rates drop uncontrollably. If the current interest rates are low, a fixed rate mortgage will be a good choice as you will be assured of locking in at low interest all throughout your loan term.

There are also a few things to consider when deciding to choose a fixed rate mortgage. To take advantage of decreasing rates, mortgage holder would have to refinance. This means that you must spend a few thousand dollars in closing costs. Fixed rate mortgage can be too expensive for some borrowers, especially if the current rates are high, because there is no early on payment and rate break like there is with adjustable rate mortgages.

Which type of mortgage is better for you depends on your ability to handle the interest fluctuations. A fixed rate mortgage is right for you if you like the stability of a fixed payment over a predetermined period of time. You can apply for any term mortgage you feel you want, for example, a five year fixed table can be created for you with a fixed rate mortgage. This means that for five years you will repay the loan with a fixed interest rate table.

About The Author:
Liza has written various articles about insurance issues, including homeowners insurance, and home mortgage.