Types of Mortgages
April 18, 2015
Looking for homes for sale in Grand Junction means you also have to decide on what mortgage would work for you and your particular situation. There are several different kinds of mortgages out there, so always talk to a lender. If you don't have one, your broker may have references available to help you.
Fixed rate mortgage
Having a fixed rate mortgage means you'll know what you're paying every month as the interest rate won't change. You can get either a 15-year or a 30-year, and while the former allows for a lower interest rate, the latter allows for lower monthly payments. It's harder to get a fixed rate mortgage than it is for one that's adjustable, and in many cases, a high down payment is necessary.
Adjustable rate mortgage
An adjustable rate mortgage, also known as an ARM, is another mortgage option for those looking for homes for sale in Grand Junction. An ARM is not as stable as a fixed-rate mortgage considering the monthly payment can drastically change over time, so it could be a problem for those who will be paying it into their retirement years or who don't have a paycheck with a given amount every time.
Combo fixed-rate and ARM
Those searching for homes in Grand Junction, Colorado may be interested to learn that there are mortgages that are a combo between a fixed-rate mortgage and an ARM. For a certain amount of years, the monthly payment and interest rate don't change, but then they switch over to fluctuating monthly payments. For example, there is the 10/1 ARM, the 3/1 ARM, and the 5/1 ARM where for the first 10, 3, and 5 years (respectively) the payments will stay the same, after which, every year thereafter, the interest rate will change.
When you're buying a home in Grand Junction, another type of mortgage to consider is a reverse mortgage. It's where a person borrows against their home and will not be expected to pay back the mortgage until they sell the house or die, however, depending on the terms, the heir(s) may be able to pay back the reverse mortgage if they want to keep the home. The borrower's credit is typically not relevant because the home is essentially collateral.
Before you make a decision about which mortgage to get, it's vital to thoroughly weigh all your options before you even start searching for homes in Grand Junction. The more informed you are, the easier and better it will be to choose a mortgage that's right for you.