April 20, 2015
MainStreet quoted me in How to Get the Lowest Mortgage Rates Without a Large Down Payment. It reads in part,
Low mortgage rates can play a large factor whether homeowners are able to save tens of thousands of dollars in interest.
Even a 1% difference in the mortgage rate can save a homeowner $40,000 over 30 years for a mortgage valued at $200,000. Having a top-notch credit score plays a critical factor in determining what interest rate lenders will offer consumers, but other issues such as the amount of your down payment also impact it.
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Opt For an FHA or ARM
Both an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage are good options if homeowners are concerned about receiving a lower interest rate and have not been able to accumulate the 20% standard down payment.
The biggest benefit of an ARM is that they have lower interest rates than the more common 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Many ARMs are called a 5/1 or 7/1, which means that they are fixed at the introductory interest rate for five or seven years and then readjust every year after that, said David Reiss, a law professor at Brooklyn Law School in N.Y. The new rate is based on an index, perhaps LIBOR, as well as a margin on top of that index.
While many homeowners gravitate toward a 30-year mortgage, younger owners “should seriously consider getting an ARM if they think that they might move sooner rather than later,” he said.
FHA loans can be a good option for consumers purchasing their first home because they require much smaller down payment of 3.5%.
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Given that young households tend not to have the savings for a substantial down payment, they can be an attractive option, Reiss said.| Permalink