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Refinance Out of An Adjustable Rate Mortgage into a Fixed Rate Mortgage

Everywhere you look, economists believe rising interest rates are imminent. According to popular believes, when Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) start to adjust, the new interest rates will be significantly higher, thereby putting unprepared homeowners, who have been accustomed to the low payments of ARMs, at risk of default and eventually foreclosure. If a homeowner with an Adjustable subscribes to this outlook, it is time to refinance out of the ARM and get into a Fixed Rate Mortgage (FRM), while long term rates are still historically low.

Typically, adjustable rate mortgage can adjust from 2-5% on their first adjustment. Check with your mortgage service provider to see how your mortgage will adjust, and when it will adjust.

Here in early 2006 financial markets are experiencing a phenomenon known as the inverted yield curve. In a nutshell, that means that interest yields on long term investments like bonds are actually lower than those paid for shorter term ones. What this means for the mortgage market is that long term fixed rate loans are actually priced lower than the ones that have only a short fixed rate period and then convert to an ARM. During periods of inverted yield curves it is a great time for many borrowers to refinance out of their ARM mortgages into long term fixed rate ones.

If you have an adjustable rate mortgage and you are considering refinancing into a fixed rate to get out of the adjustable you need to consider your short term and long term goals. If you plan on moving from the home within the next few years refinancing into another Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), might be the best option. However, if you have no intention of ever moving then a fixed rate mortgage may be the best option for you. Therefore consider all options before jumping into a new mortgage.

If you want to know the details of how and when your ARM will adjust read through your mortgage Note. The Note is one of the many documents you signed at closing and you should have a copy of. The Note will describe when your rate can adjust, and how the adjustment is calculated, and what the adjustment caps are.

Along with the security of a fixed interest rate you may also be able to take cash out of your home's equity in the same transaction. It's best to do this at the same time you refinance your adjustable rate mortgage to keep from having to pay closing costs again later. Ask your preferred mortgage professional if your home has grown in value and if a cash-out refinance is right for you.

When you have an adjustable rate mortgage at some point it will adjust. When your loan is a few months away from adjusting, it's a good idea to look into refinancing your loan to a fixed rate. When refinancing to a new loan look into all the options. Going with a 25, 20, or 15 year term might be better option rather than a 30 year if you are able to afford the monthly payment.

Many people take adjustable rate mortgages because credit challenges initially prevented them from having a low fixed rate. If you have made all of your mortgage payments on time and your credit score has increased you may be able to refinance into a Fixed Rate Mortgage without increasing your payments.

If you plan to live in your house for the maturity of the loan (30 years) than refinancing out of an ARM to a fixed is a good solution. However, if you plan to move in the next few years another ARM for a fixed period of time will help save money on your monthly payment.

To really understand you adjustable rate mortgage, you need to know two things, the index and the margin. The index is the adjustable component can be one of several indices. The most common index used is the 6 month LIBOR. Indices move up or down based on numerous economic factors. The margin is the fixed component of the adjustable and does not move. When you adjustable rate mortgage adjusts it's when the index and the libor added together are greater than your current rate.


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