Why Home Buyers Should Consider Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

Mar 27, 2017, 09:15 AM by User Not Found
With interest rates on the rise, it may be time for home buyers to take a fresh look at some alternatives to the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, which has dominated the mortgage market since the financial crisis. “ARMs are very underutilized,” says Mat Ishbia, president of United Wholesale Mortgage, a lender in Troy, Mich. He expects the 7/1 ARM to account for 15% of new mortgages within the next few years, up from less than 5% today. Historically, ARMs become more popular as interest rates rise, making savings from the loan’s low initial “teaser rate” more attractive, he notes.
With interest rates on the rise, it may be time for home buyers to take a fresh look at some alternatives to the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, which has dominated the mortgage market since the financial crisis.
 
“ARMs are very underutilized,” says Mat Ishbia, president of United Wholesale Mortgage, a lender in Troy, Mich. He expects the 7/1 ARM to account for 15% of new mortgages within the next few years, up from less than 5% today. Historically, ARMs become more popular as interest rates rise, making savings from the loan’s low initial “teaser rate” more attractive, he notes.
 
 
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