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Fixed-Rate Mortgages


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US flag and SC flag on porchLenders offer several types of mortgages, but the most common are fixed-rate mortgages. These loans feature fixed rates and monthly payments, generally for 15-year and 30-year periods.

30-Year Fixed Rate

The traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has a constant interest rate and monthly payments that never change. This may be a good choice if you plan to stay in your home for seven years or longer. If you plan to move within seven years, then adjustable-rate loans are usually cheaper. As a rule of thumb, it may be harder to qualify for fixed-rate loans than for adjustable rate loans. When interest rates are low, fixed-rate loans are generally not that much more expensive than adjustable-rate mortgages and may be a better deal in the long run, because you can lock in the rate for the life of your loan.

Advantages:

  • Offers the chance to borrow money on a long-term basis without having to worry about the interest rates or payments changing.
  • Monthly payments are lower than those on 15-year loans because the interest is amortized over a longer period.
  • Lower monthly payments free up money that borrowers can pour into investments that yield more than their homes.
  • Higher interest payment increases the amount consumers can deduct at tax time, potentially reducing or eliminating their federal income tax liabilities.

Disadvantages:

  • Borrowers build equity at a very slow pace because payments during the first several years go largely toward interest rather than principal.
  • The overall interest payment is much higher because of the long amortization term.
  • The interest rates are higher than on 15-year loans.

15-Year Fixed Rate

This loan is fully amortized over a 15-year period and features constant monthly payments. It offers all the advantages of the 30-year loan, plus a lower interest rate—and you'll own your home twice as fast. The disadvantage is that, with a 15-year loan, you commit to a higher monthly payment. Many borrowers opt for a 30-year fixed-rate loan and voluntarily make larger payments that will pay off their loan in 15 years. This approach is often safer than committing to a higher monthly payment, since the difference in interest rates isn't that great.

Advantages:

  • Borrowers build equity much more quickly due to shorter amortization schedules.
  • Overall interest payments are dramatically lower than those on longer-term loans.
  • The interest rates are lower than 30-year loans.

Disadvantages:

  • Monthly payments can be significantly higher than those on 30-year loans.
  • Restricts homebuyers to smaller house than they might be able to afford with longer term loans. 
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