Types of Mortgage Interest Rates

If you are currently thinking about purchasing a new home, you no doubt have a lot on your mind. There are many things to think about when purchasing a new home, such as finding the best location, what type of home you want, and how you are going to afford it. The one thing you do not need to add to your stress levels is confusion about mortgage interest rates. The following information will help you understand how mortgage interest rates work.

The first thing you need to understand is the different types of mortgages available. Each one will have a different type of interest rate. In general terms, the interest rate is the amount you are charged to borrow the money. In other words, they do not charge you a set amount to borrow money. They charge you a percentage of the amount borrowed. If you pay back the money sooner than planned, you will save money on the interest.

Your interest rate will be determined by many things, including supply and demand and your credit rate. If the supply is high for mortgages, the interest base-rate will be higher as more people are demanding credit. However, if few people are in need of mortgages, the base-rate will be lower. Your credit rating will also determine what interest rate you are offered. If you have a high credit rating, you will be considered low-risk and they will trust you to pay them back. This will allow you a lower interest rate. However, if you have had trouble in the past and your credit rating is low, you will find you will have a higher interest rate.

The following are the different types of mortgages you may be considering:

Fixed Rate Mortgages

A fixed rate mortgage will allow you to pay the same interest rate throughout the life of the mortgage. If the economy changes and the interest rates rise, you will find that you can save a lot of money by having a fixed rate mortgage. However, on the other hand, if the interest rates go down, you will find yourself paying a higher interest rate than necessary. The important thing to remember with a fixed rate mortgage is that if you choose this option and the rates go down a significant amount and stay down, you always have the option to refinance your current mortgage so you can take advantage of the lower interest rate.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The adjustable rate mortgage is one that can benefit the new homebuyer if the interest rates are low. It allows you to have a lower payment when the interest rates are low. Your interest rate is determined by the current interest rate and generally it will adjust every two years. Unfortunately, if the interest rates rise in that two year period, you will find your interest rate may be adjusted much higher than you thought. As with the fixed rate mortgage, if the interest rates are sporadic and you find yourself with a higher interest rate than you would like, you may have the option of refinancing your mortgage at a later date.

Interest Only Mortgages

An interest only mortgage is one that is set up so that you only pay the interest on the money you borrowed for a set period of time, such as five or ten years. During this time you only pay interest. While many first time homebuyers often think this may be a great option for them, you will need to discuss several things with your mortgage broker first, such as what do you plan to do with the money you would spend on your balance and how long do you plan on living in your newly purchased home. If you plan on investing the money you would save on your mortgage, it makes sense. But if you only want an interest only mortgage because you can’t afford the larger payment, you will find it better to go with a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage.

When you are in the market to purchase a new home, the best thing you can do is interview several different lenders and find out what they can offer you in a mortgage.

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