Are Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Making a Comeback?

Are Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Making a Comeback?

  • Lisa Sinclair
  • 12/16/22

Homebuyers have had a rough time lately. First, the frenzied housing market stymied so many offers and caused frustration due to lack of inventory. Now that the pace and prices are starting to drop, interest rates have ticked up to alarming levels. While some buyers are postponing their purchase, those still in the market are starting to consider more creative financing, including an ARM (Adjustable-Rate Mortgage).

What is an ARM?

Unlike a 30-fixed mortgage, as the name suggests, the interest rate of an ARM can change over the course of the loan. The interest rate is based on an index, such as the one year T-Bill. Additionally, the timing of adjustment is fixed in the loan documents, so the borrower knows how to plan for changes. For example, a 5/1 ARM means that the initial interest rate is fixed for the first five years and then can adjust once a year for the remaining 25. Likewise, a 7/1 ARM has a fixed period of 7 years. There are also built-in protections to ensure that the adjustments are reasonable. These are limits to how high and adjustment (or reduction) can be assessed at each point and an overall cap on the interest rate.

The advantage of an ARM is to allow more buying power to buyers by starting with a lower interest rate than that available in a 30-year fixed loan. This can be especially valuable for buyers who do not intend to keep the home for 30 years; they can tailor the adjustments based on their planned time to own the home.

The housing market is shifting. Homebuyers may not have the same challenges as last year, but today’s market presents new issues. One tool is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage and with ever higher interest rates, this mortgage product may be making a comeback.

If you believe that you are looking to make your next move but assume it will be a transitional home (that you will resell in 5-7 years) then an ARM may be the perfect option for you!  

I have many trusted lenders here in Knoxville that I would be happy to put you in touch with.  They can explain the process and provide you with the best financing options to support your needs and goals.  

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Lisa Sinclair is a premier real estate agent with a commitment to excellence and specializes in home sales in West Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Whether representing buyers or sellers, she helps her clients achieve their long-term real estate goals through her local market knowledge and professionalism, making her a successful and trusted agent throughout the greater Knoxville area.