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ARM/Balloon FAQ's

ARM/Balloon Information

What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is a loan under which the interest rate is periodically adjusted to more closely coincide with current rates. The amounts and times of adjustment are agreed to in the Adjustable Rate Note signed by the homeowner.


What is a Balloon Loan?

A balloon loan is usually a five or seven year loan calling for payments which are insufficient to fully amortize the amount of the loan before the maturity date. This creates a principal sum, known as a balloon payment, which is due at maturity.


How is my new interest rate determined?

Most Adjustable Rate Mortgages require that an index be taken on a specific date, then a margin is added to the index and the result is rounded to determine the new interest rate.


Why is my interest rate going up but my payment going down?

If you have remitted extra money in addition to your regular payment, you will have lowered your principal balance ahead of the normal amortization. At your interest rate change cycle, we will determine your new payment amount by using your current principal balance, new interest rate and remaining term. If you have remitted enough extra money, it is possible to lower your payment even though your interest rate increases.


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