How are adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) rates calculated?
Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) rates are determined by an index that is based on the economy, in addition to a credit-based margin that your lender determines. Unlike fixed-rate mortgages, ARM rates fluctuate over time, increasing or decreasing according to the index.
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Using the adjustable-rate mortgage calculator, you can get an estimate of your adjustable-rate payments over time, based on historical data.
Begin by entering basic home information, including purchase price, percentage of down payment, yearly property tax and homeowner’s insurance, and the state and federal tax rate. To find property taxes, check MLS listings online, or contact your county’s assessor/recorder’s office or a local real estate agent. Calculate homeowner’s insurance here, or contact an insurance agent for a quote.
Next, enter specifics about your loan. This includes the period of the loan, initial interest rate, months before first adjustment, months between rate adjustments, and your prediction of whether rates will increase, decrease, or remain the same. Your interest rate will be determined by your mortgage broker, but if you aren’t yet to this step, you can find current rates here. In a 5/1 ARM, your fixed-rate period (i.e., “Months before first adjustment”) is the “5” (enter “60” for months if you have a 5/1 ARM) and how often the rate changes (i.e., “Months between rate adjustments”) is the “1” (enter “12” for months).
To determine adjustment terms, we recommend that you speak with a mortgage specialist to learn more. Together, you can walk through the current ARM rates and terms.
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