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Are Adjustable Rate Mortgages A Good Idea

Q: Do you think adjustable rate mortgages are a good idea? Sandy, Little Ferry, NJ A: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a home loan with a variable interest rate that can fluctuate periodically based on the performance of a specific benchmark. Although ARMs generally have caps that limit how much the interest rate and/or monthly payments can rise per year or over the lifetime of the loan, I think they are way too risky for most home buyers particularly first time homebuyers. An ARM may make sense for some investors, but I have seen investors get burned by adjustable rate mortgages particularly by option ARM loans that were popular before the last financial crisis. Even a 30-year fixed rate mortgage […]

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