MORTGAGE OPTIONS

WHICH LOAN IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

 
 
It’s important to know all of your loan options.  The table below shows the different loan options and their pros  and cons.

Please contact Dana Ganci with any questions. This is a quick guide on your loan option, however, Dana can answer any specific questions you may have. An informed mind makes the best decision. We’re here to help.

MORTGAGE OPTIONS

 

Mortgage Options based on the number of years you plan to stay in your home

  • 1-3 years:  3/1 ARM, 1 year ARM or 6 month ARM
  • 3-5 years: 5/1 ARM
  • 5-7 years: 7/1 ARM
  • 7-10 years: 10/1 ARM, 30 year fixed or 15 year fixed
  • 10+: 30 year fixed or 15 year fixed

 

MORTGAGE PROGRAMS

 

Fixed Rate Mortgages

  • 30 Year fixed
  • 15 Year fixed

Pros

  • Monthly payments are fixed over the life of the loan
  • Interest rate does not change
  • protected if rates go up can refinance if rates go down

Cons

  • Higher interest rate
  • Higher mortgage payments
  • Rate does not drop if interest rates improve

 

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

  • 10/1 ARM
  • 7/1 ARM
  • 3/1 ARM
  • 1 year ARM
  • 6 month ARM
  • 1 month  ARM

Pros

  • Lower initial monthly payment
  • Lower payment over a shorter period time
  • Rates and payments may go down if rates improve
  • May qualify for higher loan amounts

Cons

  • More risk
  • Payments may change over time
  • Potential for high payments if rates go up

 

Balloon Mortgages

  • 7 year
  • 5 year

Pros

  • Lower initial monthly payment
  • Lower payment over a shorter period of time
  • Many balloon mortgages offer the option to convert a new loan after the initial term

Cons

  • Risk of rates being higher at the end of the initial fixed period
  • Risk of foreclosure if you cannot make balloon payment or if you cannot refinance or if you cannot exercise the conversion option

 

First Time Buyers

Pros

  • Lower Down payment
  • Easier to qualify
  • Sometimes you may get lower rates

Cons

  • May be subject to income and property value limitations
  • Some programs which have government subsidies may have a recapture tax if you sell the house too early

 

Stated Income Programs

Pros

  • Don’t need to verify income
  • Faster approval

Cons

  • Higher rates
  • Higher payments

 

No Point, No Fee Programs

Pros

  • No closing costs
  • Less money required to close

Cons

  • Higher rates
  • Higher payments

 

Imperfect Credit Programs

Pros

  • Potential for reestablishing credit if you pay your mortgage on time
  • When used for debt consolidation, you may be able to reduce your monthly debt payment

Cons

  • Higher rates
  • Terms may not be as favorable
  • Harder to get long term fixed loans
  • Loans may have prepayment penalties

 

Home Equity Line Of Credit

Pros

  • You only borrow what you need
  • Pay interest only on what you borrow
  • Flexible access to funds
  • Interest may be tax deductible

Cons

  • Rates can change, max rates are normally high
  • Payments can change
  • Harder to refinance your first mortgage

 

Home Equity Fixed Loan

Pros

  • Fixed payments
  • Interest may be tax deductible

Cons

  • Higher interest rates than on 1st mortgages
  • Harder to refinance 1st mortgage