Is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Right for you?

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Is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage right for you?

 

When you shop for a mortgage, whether it’s for a new home or a refinance, you’ll soon hear about adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). For some, an adjustable-rate mortgage is an automatic no. If that is the case, it is usually for one of three reasons:

  • They’re uncomfortable with any risk;
  • They’re unaware of just how an ARM works;
  • They can predict the future with relative certainty.

While ARMs definitely have their advantages, make sure you understand them before getting into one.

 

How ARMs work

All ARMs start out as fixed-rate mortgages for the first 3, 5, 7, or 10 years. An ARM will appear like this, where the first number in the terms “3/1,” “5/1”, or “7/1” denotes the number of years that the rate will be fixed. Usually the lower the number is, the lower the initial rate. During the fixed period, there is no risk and typically a healthy savings. The second number shows how many years before the rates can be adjusted once that fixed period has expired.

After this fixed period, the rate can fluctuate. The rate itself is made up of both fixed- and variable-rate components. The variable component will be based on some index such as Treasury bonds. This is added to the fixed-rate component set by the lender when you determine your starting rate.

Your decision to obtain an ARM should be based on how long you plan to live in this home. Having reasonable expectations for future sale or refinancing is all it can take to make an ARM worth considering. If you believe that you could be living there for a long time, you may want to consider opting for a fixed-rate mortgage. The reason? If you have an ARM and have to refinance at some time in the future when rates are higher, you might find yourself in a fixed-rate mortgage with a much higher rate.

 

Inside Information

Lenders give you a discounted rate up front because they know the rate will float with the market later on. If you sell your home or refinance again prior to that happening, it’s their loss. You have the advantage here because you control the timing of your next step.

 

Managed Risk

One way to prepare for the possibility of a higher rate and payment later is to pay extra principal each month to reduce your balance faster. If the rate ultimately adjusts up, your balance will be lower and the payment change will be less as a result. As well, you would already be accustomed to paying more.

 

The Bottom Line

A fixed-rate loan provides the certainty that it will never change. An ARM provides a guaranteed savings but for a limited period of time. The best way to decide is to balance your expectations for using any particular loan with the peace of mind that can come from being assured of stability, even if your timeframe changes.

 

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Inlanta Mortgage was established in 1993. The company has grown to 35 branches in 16 states and over 240 employees. Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

In 2016, Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third consecutive year. Inlanta has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Inlanta Mortgage continues to expand its branch network and encourages ethical lending professionals to learn more about our support platform and discover how an Inlanta branch partnership with Inlanta Mortgage is essential to long-term success.

Locate an Inlanta Mortgage loan officer at www.inlanta.com/locations. For current employment opportunities, visit www.inlanta.com/join-our-team/employment-opportunities. Learn more about Inlanta Mortgage branch partnership opportunities at www.inlantapartners.com, call 262-439-4260, or email partners@inlanta.com.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Average 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Above Four Percent

Mortgage Rates Move Higher
 

Average 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Above Four Percent

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) showing average fixed mortgage rates reaching new highs for 2015 with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage above four percent for the first time since November 6, 2014 when it averaged 4.02 percent.

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) average 30-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 4.04 percent, up from last week when it averaged 3.87 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.20 percent.

15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.25 percent, up from last week when it averaged 3.08 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.31 percent.

5-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.01 percent, up from last week when it averaged 2.96 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.05 percent.

1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average one-year Treasury-indexed ARM is at 2.53 percent, down from last week when it averaged 2.59. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.40 percent.

Mortgage rates are on the rise. Contact a licensed mortgage loan professional to take advantage of mortgage rates while they are still historically low. Find a loan officer near you or apply online for a mortgage loan and we will redirect your application to a qualified loan professional near you.

Attributed to Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac:

“Mortgage rates rose above 4 percent for the first time since November 2014 as Treasury yields surged. Markets are responding to strong employment data. In May, the U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs. Moreover, job openings surged to 5.4 million in April, up over 20 percent from a year ago.”

Original Source: Freddie Mac interest rates listed above are national averages as reported by Freddie Mac. Individual interest rates are dependent upon credit approval and may include points. Average mortgage points are also reported in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Other mortgage financing fees may apply. Contact your lender for detailed information.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was named a Top Workplace twice and expects to be recognized as a Top Workplaces for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016

Mortgage Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Week

Mortgage Rates Still Declining
 

Mortgage Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the third consecutive week as bond yields continued to drop despite a strong employment report. Averaging 3.66 percent, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is at its lowest level since the week ending May 23, 2013 when it averaged 3.59 percent. This also marks the first time the 15-year fixed rate mortgage has fallen below 3 percent since the week ending May 30, 2013.

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) average 30-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 3.66 percent, down from last week when it averaged 3.73 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.41 percent.

15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.98 percent, down from last week when it averaged 3.05 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.45 percent.

5-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) averaged at 2.90 percent, down from last week when it averaged 2.98 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.10 percent.

1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average one-year Treasury-indexed ARM is at 2.37 percent, down from last week when it averaged 2.39 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.56 percent.

Contact a licensed mortgage loan professional to take advantage of mortgage rates while they are still historically low. Find a loan officer near you or apply online for a mortgage loan and we will redirect your application to a qualified loan professional near you.

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac:

“Mortgage rates fell for the third consecutive week as oil prices plummeted and long term treasury yields continued to drop despite a strong employment report. The economy exceeded expectations by adding 252,000 jobs in December which followed an upward revision of 50,000 jobs to the prior two months. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent which was the lowest since June 2008.”

Original Source: Freddie Mac interest rates listed above are national averages as reported by Freddie Mac. Individual interest rates are dependent upon credit approval and may include points. Average mortgage points are also reported in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Other mortgage financing fees may apply. Contact your lender for detailed information.

Want to Lock & Shop?

Inlanta is pleased to announce Inlanta Lock & Shop for home buyers who haven’t found a property but want to lock in an interest rate now. This Lock & Shop program is appealing to home buyers who fear a reduction in buying power as mortgage rates increase.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Mortgage Rates Mixed

Mortgage Rates Mixed
 

Mortgage Rates Mixed

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) showing average fixed mortgage rates moving slightly higher while remaining near their year’s lows over the past month.

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) average 30-year fixed rate mortgages averaged 4.14 percent, up from last week when it averaged 4.12 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.40 percent.

15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.27 percent, up from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.43 percent.

5-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) averaged at 2.98 percent down from last week when it averaged 3.01 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.19 percent.

1-Year Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The average one-year Treasury-indexed ARM is at 2.35 percent down slightly from last week when it averaged 2.38 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.62 percent.

Mortgage rates are slowly on the rise. Contact a licensed mortgage loan professional to take advantage of mortgage rates while they are still historically low. Find a loan officer near you or apply online for a mortgage loan and we will redirect your application to a qualified loan professional near you.

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac:

“Mortgage rates were little changed amid a week of light economic reports. Of the few releases, ISM non-manufacturing index rose to 58.7 in July from 56.0 a month earlier. Also, factory orders were up 1.1 percent in June. The two reports signal steady economic growth in the third quarter of the year.”

Original Source: Freddie Mac interest rates listed above are national averages as reported by Freddie Mac. Individual interest rates are dependent upon credit approval and may include points. Average mortgage points are also reported in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Other mortgage financing fees may apply. Contact your lender for detailed information.

Want to Lock & Shop?

Inlanta is pleased to announce Inlanta Lock & Shop for home buyers who haven’t found a property but want to lock in an interest rate now. This Lock & Shop program is appealing to home buyers who fear a reduction in buying power as mortgage rates increase.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been listed on Mortgage Technology’s Top 25 Tech Savvy Lenders list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.