How long am I going to stay in my home?
If you don’t plan to stay in your home for a long time you may want to consider an ARM, which typically has a lower initial interest rate than a fixed rate and you may save money in interest charges. The money you save could be put toward retirement, paying off debt, building an emergency fund, and more.
What can I afford?
Knowing how much you can afford to pay month to month in mortgage payments will also help you decide between an ARM or fixed-rate mortgage.