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The Pros And Cons Of The Fixed Rate Mortgage

There are a few benefits to fixed rate mortgages. One benefit is that the rates and payments remain constant. There won’t be any surprises even if inflation surges out of control and mortgage rates head to 20%. This kind of stability makes budgeting easier. People can manage their money with more certainty because their housing expenses won’t change. Fixed rate mortgages are simple to understand making them appealing and good for first time buyers. Also longer term fixed rate mortgages are very affordable. 

There are also a few drawbacks to fixed rate mortgages. To take advantage of falling rates, mortgage holders would have to refinance. That can mean additional mortgage closing costs, another trip to the title company’s office and several hours spent digging up tax forms, bank statements etc. Fixed rate mortgages can be too expensive for some borrowers, especially in high rate environments, because there is generally no early repayment option available on such loans. Nor would you enjoy a reduction in repayments if the interest rates fall, as you would with variable rate mortgages. Fixed rate mortgages are more similar from lender to lender.

There are a few other important questions you should make sure you have answers to when deciding which type of mortgage is better for you. How long do you plan on staying in the home? How frequently does the variable rate mortgage adjust, and when is the next adjustment likely to be made? What’s the interest rate environment like? Could you still afford your monthly payment if interest rates rise significantly? Do you know the main pros and cons for each type of loan? 

Generally, fixed-rate mortgages are a safer way for first time home buyers to get a mortgage. There is greater stability and less risk involved. It is easy to budget and regulate your expenses when you know exactly what your interest rate will be.



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