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A fixed-rate mortgage comes with an interest rate that won't change for the life of your loan. A "conventional" (conforming) mortgage is a loan that conforms to established guidelines for the size of the loan and your financial situation. Conventional mortgages often feature lower interest rates than jumbo loans, FHA loans or VA loans.
Monthly payments on a conventional fixed-rate mortgage remain the same for the life of the loan, making it an attractive option for borrowers who plan to stay in their home for several years. The alternative to the fixed-rate mortgage is the adjustable-rate mortgage(ARM), which features lower monthly payments during the first few years. While many prefer the security of a fixed-rate loan, an ARM may be a better option - especially if you know you'll be moving within the next several years.
The 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage has long been popular due to its fixed interest rate and lower monthly payments, however, since the interest payments are spread out over 30 years, you'll pay more interest over the life of the loan than you would on a shorter-term mortgage. With a shorter loan term and lower interest rate, a 15- or 20-year fixed-rate mortgage can help you pay off your home faster and build equity more quickly, although your monthly payments will be higher than with a 30-year loan. The 15- and 20-year fixed-rate mortgages are especially popular for refinancing.
What loan term is right for you?
The standard loan terms available on a fixed rate mortgage are a 30, 25, 20, 15 & 10 years fixed rate mortgage and selecting the right loan term could be tricky as the selected loan term decides for you how much interest you would end up paying over the life of the loan also known as the fully amortized schedule.
Asking yourself the below mentioned questions would help immensely:
If you do not plan to stay in the property for a long time either because of frequent re-locations from your job or anticipating an empty nest after a few years which could mean you need to size down or if you see yourself expanding your family and would need a bigger house in the coming years then its also advisable to review an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), the ARM loan offers a fixed rate for the initial 3 to 10 years before converting to an adjustable mode thus giving you the lowest rate and payment for the time you stay in the property and until you decide to move to a different house. ARM loans do offer the lowest rates as compared to a fixed rate mortgage.
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This section will give you a good Idea of the mortgage process and the time frame involved. The knowledge will help you feel more comfortable as you understand and go through the steps.