What Types of Mortgages Are There?

Posted September 12 2016
by PenFed Team
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Before buying a home, you’ll need to consider what type of mortgage best suits your needs. Whether you are a first time buyer seeking a home for your family or a seasoned buyer making a purchase for investing purposes, we can help you find a loan that fits your financial goals.  Learn more about the various loan options below:

Fixed Rate Mortgage 

Fixed rate mortgage loans are exactly what they sound like: the rate stays the same for the duration of the loan, regardless of the market. In a fixed mortgage, your monthly principal and interest payments remain the same for the life of the loan, usually 15 or 30 years. A 30-year mortgage will have lower monthly payments, but the 15-year allows you to repay the loan twice as fast, saving more than half the total interest costs.

When Is A Fixed Rate Ideal?

If you’re planning to settle down and stay in your home for the long term, a fixed loan might be your smartest option. Not only will it help you afford more expensive properties but it can also provide you more time to build equity.

The fixed rate mortgage allows for different timeframes.  Choose from a 30-year mortgage, which will allow for lower monthly payments, or a 15-year mortgage, which allows you to repay the loan twice as fast.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

With an adjustable rate mortgage, your monthly principal and interest payments remain the same for a certain number of years (usually five or 15). If you do not refinance prior to the end of the fixed rate, the rate can rise or fall, depending on the state of the market.

When Is An Adjustable Rate Ideal?

Adjustable Rate Mortgages is a great option, if you don’t want to be tied down to your investment.  If you plan to move or refinance before the term adjusts, an ARM can help you get a lower interest rate initially.

It's important to take into account the housing market in your area and in general in order to decide if an ARM is a good choice for you: do you expect to easily be able to sell your home at a profit before the term adjusts.

VA Fixed Mortgage

We work hard to provide affordable options for the people who have served and defended our country. If you’re a veteran or a member of the military, consider a VA Fixed Loan.

A VA mortgage is available only to veterans and members of the U.S. military. The loan is guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and requires a low or no down payment., which allows for low to no down payment, and a faster payoff.  

How To Qualify

If you’re hoping to qualify for a VA Fixed Mortgage, you must acquire a Certificate of Eligibility from the government.