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Each week, government-led Freddie Mac publishes a weekly mortgage rate survey based on data from 125 banks across the country (Walworth State Bank is not one of them). According to this week's results, the relative rate of a 5-year ARM in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is extremely low versus its 30-year fixed-rate cousin.
Consider this comparison:
In April 2009, the two products ran neck-and-neck with respect to rates
In April 2010, the two products are split by 0.99 percent
On a $200,000 home loan, that's a difference of $117 per month to a mortgage payment.
Adjustable-rate mortgages aren't suitable for everyone, but they can be a terrific fit given your individual circumstance. For example, any one of the following scenarios could warrant a 5-year ARM:
Buying a home with an intent to sell within 5 years
Currently financed with a 30-year fixed mortgage with plans to sell within 5 years
Interested in low payments and comfortable with longer-term interest rate and payment uncertainty
Additionally, homeowners with existing ARMs may want to refinance into a brand-new ARM, if only to extend the initial change date on the current note.
Before opting an ARM or a fixed, speak with your loan officer about how adjustable-rate mortgages work, and what longer-term risks may exist. The savings may be tempting, but there's more to consider than just the payment.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.