Reverse Mortgages

A reverse mortgage is a special type of loan made to older homeowners to enable them to convert the..

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Interest Rate

The most common buydown is the 2-1 buydown. In the past, for a buyer to secure a 2-1 buydown they would pay...

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Loan Programs

Fixed Rate Mortgages - The most common type of mortgage program where your monthly payments for interest and principal never change...


Standard ARMS and the Differences - Choosing an ARM with an index that reacts quickly lets you take full advantage of falling interest rates...


Introductory Rate ARM's - Most ARM's have a low introductory rate, which is good anywhere from 1 month to as long as 10 years...


Reverse Mortgages - A Special type of loan made to older homeowners to enable them to convert the equity in their home to cash to finance other needs...


London Inter Bank - LIBOR is the rate on dollar-denominated deposits, also know as Eurodollars, traded between banks in London...


Interest Rate Buydowns - The buyer would pay points above current market points in order to pay a below market interest rate during the first two years of the loan...


Cost of Funds Index (COFI) - The ratio of the dollar amount paid in interest during the month to the average dollar amount of the funds for that month...


Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM) - With a GPM the payments are usually fixed for one year at a time.


Choosing The Best Program - The right type of mortgage for you depends on many different factors


Standard ARMS and the Differences

A few options are available to fit your individual needs and your risk tolerance with the various market instruments.

ARMs with different indexes are available for both purchases and refinances. Choosing an ARM with an index that reacts quickly lets you take full advantage of falling interest rates. An index that lags behind the market lets you take advantage of lower rates after market rates have started to adjust upward.

The interest rate and monthly payment can change based on adjustments to the index rate.

6-Month Certificate of Deposit (CD) ARM

Has a maximum interest rate adjustment of 1% every six months. The 6-month Certificate of Deposit (CD) index is generally considered to react quickly to changes in the market.

1-Year Treasury Spot ARM

Has a maximum interest rate adjustment of 2% every 12 months. The 1-Year Treasury Spot index generally reacts more slowly than the CD index, but more quickly than the Treasury Average index.

6-Month Treasury Average ARM

Has a maximum interest rate adjustment of 1% every six months. The Treasury Average index generally reacts more slowly in fluctuating markets so adjustments in the ARM interest rate will lag behind some other market indicators.

12-Month Treasury Average ARM

Has a maximum interest rate adjustment of 2% every 12 months. The treasury Average index generally reacts more slowly in fluctuating markets so adjustments in the ARM interest rate will lag behind some other market indicators.