Mortgage Rate Update & How Adjustable Rate Mortgages Work

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Mortgage Rate Update & How Adjustable Rate Mortgages Work

During the last decade, Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) have increased in popularity among consumers. These days, few homeowners (especially first-time buyers) remain in their homes for more than seven years. In this case, it often makes sense to get an adjustable rate mortgage with a lower rate, especially one with a 5-year or 7-year fixed portion, since they won't have the loan long enough to be concerned about rate fluctuation.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages have three main features: Margin, Index, and Caps. The Margin is the fixed portion of the adjustable rate. It remains the same for the duration of the loan. The Index is the variable portion. This is what makes an ARM adjustable. Margin + Index = Interest Rate.

It's important to understand that there are many different indices: The 11th District Cost of Funds (COFI), the Monthly Treasury Average (MTA), The One Year Treasury Bill, the Six Month Libor, etc. Each index has its own strengths and weaknesses; some are slow moving, others are more aggressive.

The third and final component of Adjustable Rate Mortgages is Caps. Caps limit how much the rate can fluctuate over time. Annual Caps limit changes to the annual rate, whereas Life Caps provide a worst case scenario over the life of the loan.

Mortgage Interest Rates*

Rates as of Thursday, 27th August, 2009:

 

Conforming

APR

Payment per
$1,000

Jumbo

APR

Payment per
$1,000

30-Yr. fixed

5.375%

5.509%

$5.60

5.750%

5.842%

$5.84

15-Yr. fixed

4.875%

5.101%

$7.84

5.125%

5.277%

$7.97

7-Yr. fixed ARM

4.750%

4.879%

$5.22

6.750%

6.847%

$6.49

5-Yr. fixed ARM

4.250%

4.375%

$4.92

6.375%

6.470%

$6.24

3-Yr. fixed ARM

4.125%

4.250%

$4.85

6.250%

6.344%

$6.16

5-Yr. Interest Only

4.375%

4.501%

$3.65

5.375%

5.465%

$4.48

FHA 30-year fixed

5.250%

5.383%

$5.52

5.500%

5.590%

$5.68

*Rates are subject to change due to market fluctuations and borrower's eligibility.

 

Karl Peidl
Lincoln Mortgage Company
251 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 102
Hammonton, NJ 08037

609-878-7013

kpeidl@linc-mort.com

www.facebook.com/newjerseymortgages

 

 

Pennsylvania: Licensed by the PA Department of Banking as a First Mortgage Banker and licensed pursuant to the PA Secondary Mortgage Loan Act. New Jersey: Licensed by the N. J. Department of Banking and Insurance Maryland: Authorized Mortgage Lender by the State of Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. Florida: Licensed Mortgage Lender by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Delaware: Licensed Lender by the Delaware Office of the State Bank Commissioner.





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