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Adjustable Rate Mortgage Terminology – Information


In this section, you will find answers to the most frequent questions we receive about adjustable rate mortgage terminology so that you can better understand adjustable rate mortgages. If you have a question we do not address, please ask us directly! Please check our Mortgage Terms Glossary for commonly used mortgage terminology.

Components of Adjustable Rate Mortgages

To understand an adjustable rate mortgage, you must have a working knowledge of its components. Those components are:

Index: A financial indicator that rises and falls, based primarily on the economy and changes in the marketplace. It is usually an indicator and is therefore the basis of all future interest adjustments on the loan. Mortgage lenders currently use a variety of indexes as you will find in our Adjustable Rate Mortgage Index section.

Margin: The margin is added to the index to determine the final interest rate when the loan has finished the fixed portion (1 to 10 years) and is in the adjustment phase.

Initial Interest: The rate during the initial period of the adjustable rate mortgage in which the interest is fixed. This fixed period can range from 1 year to 10 years.

Note Rate: The actual interest rate charged for a particular loan program.

Adjustment Period: When the initial fixed period of 1 to 10 years has ended the loan then enters the adjustment period where the loan will adjust on a scheduled basis (typically once a year).

Interest Rate Caps: Limit placed on the up-and-down movement of the interest rate, specified per period adjustment and lifetime adjustment (e.g. a cap of 2 and 6 means 2% interest increase maximum per adjustment with a 6% interest increase maximum over the life of the loan).

Negative Amortization: Occurs when a payment less than the interest due is made. The shortfall amount is added back onto the principal balance.

Convertibility: The option to change from an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed-rate loan. A conversion fee may be charged.

Maico Home Loans provides a wide range of adjustable rate mortgages for your mortgage refinance and home purchase needs. We can answer any questions you might have and can help you determine whether an adjustable rate moorage is the best mortgage for your needs.

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