Question:

Can you explain about the adjustable home loan mortgage rate?

Answer:

The adjustable home loan mortgage rate is low for a fixed period of time and then it is adjusted according to an index the lender chooses to keep track of.

The four most used indices in the US are as follow:

  • COFI - 11th District Cost of Funds Index
  • LIBOR - London Interbank Offered Rate
  • MTA - 12-month Treasury Average Index
  • CMT - Constant Maturity Treasury

Usually the adjustable home loan mortgage rate is explained in the format 2/2/6 - common for a 2/1 and 3/1 ARM, and 5/2/5 or 5/2/6 for a 7/1 and 10/1 ARM. Those ARMs may be referred to as hybrid, as well.

The first digit stands for the initial adjustment after the fixed period expires.

The second is the annual or bi-annual adjustment that takes place every year after the fixed period has expired and the initial adjustment has been applied.

The last digit stands for the total lifetime adjustment the loan will carry until full amortization occurs.

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