If you’re buying land for sale in North Florida, you’ll have a few options for financing. You can pay cash for the land—one of the least common options—or you can take out a mortgage. When you’re looking at mortgages, you’ll have the choice between a fixed-rate and an adjustable-rate mortgage… so what’s best for you?
What is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?
A fixed-rate mortgage is a loan from a lender that gives you the same interest rate over its entire lifetime. No matter how interest rates fluctuate, you’ll pay the same amount until your loan is paid off.
- Your rate stays constant
- Your payment doesn’t change
- You can factor your payment into a long-term budget
- You’ll have to refinance if you want a lower interest rate
- Payments are often higher on a fixed-rate mortgage than they are on an adjustable-rate mortgage
What is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
An adjustable-rate mortgage, or ARM, is a loan from a lender that has a fluctuating interest rate. Typically, you’ll have a fixed-rate period—say 3, 5, 7, or even 10 years—but after that, your mortgage interest rate will go up and down each year as the market changes.
- ARMs often have lower interest rates and payments
- It’s easier to get approved for a larger amount of money
- You’ll get lower rates without refinancing if rates go down
- After your fixed-rate term, your rate and payments can go up quite a bit
- If you have a negative amortization loan, you could end up paying even more for your home
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