Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) are not as popular as fixed rate mortgages but still make up a significant part of the total housing market. The primary advantage of an ARM is that it offers a lower initial interest rate and monthly payment than a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. The lower initial interest rate can be fixed for up to ten years.
During the initial fixed rate period, the interest rate will be lower than what it would have been had the borrower taken out a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. However, after the initial fixed rate period is over, the interest rate most likely will rise at a regular interval based on several factors.
Some borrowers are willing to take the risk of their rate rising considerably because they believe the savings realized in the early years is worth the risk. Some believe that they will be able to refinance before the fixed rate period ends. Interest rates do run in cycles, but the problem is one never knows how long or short the cycles will be.
At Shoreline Mortgage we offer ARM programs with initial fixed rate periods of 5, 7 and 10 years. Visit our specific ARM program pages to see if an ARM program is right for you.