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  • Fixed Rate Mortgage

    With a fixed rate mortgage, the interest rate does not change for the term of the loan; the monthly payment is always the same. Typically, the shorter the loan period, the more attractive the interest rate will be.
    Payments on fixed-rate fully amortizing loans are calculated so that the loan is paid in full at the end of the term. In the early amortization period of the mortgage, a large percentage of the monthly payment pays the interest on the loan. As the mortgage is paid down, more of the monthly payment is applied toward the principal.
    A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most popular type of loan when borrowers are able to lock into a low rate.

    Benefits:

    • Lower monthly payments than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage
    • Interest rate does not go up
    • Payment does not go up, it stays the same for 30 years

    Drawbacks:

    • Higher interest rate than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage
    • Interest rate stays the same even if interest rates go down
    • A 15 year fixed rate mortgage allows you to pay off your loan quicker and lock into an attractive lower interest rate.

    Benefits:

    • Lower interest rate
    • Build equity faster
    • If interest rates go up, yours is fixed

    Drawbacks:

    • Higher monthly payment stays the same if interest rates go down
    • Interest rate stays the same even if interest rates go down
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