What is the difference between a Fixed Rate loan and Adjustable?

September 17, 2018

If you are thinking of buying a home, most likely you’ll need to take out a mortgage loan.  You are probably familiar with an auto loan, but home loans are different.  Not only are they usually for a lot more money, but they are typically for much longer terms.


Here are two of the most popular types of home loans:

Fixed-Rate and Adjustable Rate


So, what’s the difference?


  • Interest rate and principal and interest remain the same throughout the loan period.
  • Allows you to rely on predictable payments
  • Provides protection if mortgage rates rise
  • A good choice if you think you’ll live in the home a long time
  • Fixed rate mortgages can be obtained in a variety of length, 30 year and 15 year fixed rate loans are popular

Things to consider:

  • Over the course of a long term loan like a 30 year, the overall interest payment will be larger because it took longer to pay off.
  • Short term loans, such as a 15 year, will have more expensive payments per month because you are paying off the loan in half the time.



The initial interest rate on an ARM will be lower than a fixed rate loan.

Your principal and interest payment will remain fixed for a certain amount of time, such as 3 or 5 years. (3 year ARM or 5 year ARM)

After that period of time, depending on the loan, your payments can/will adjust annually.

There is a cap on  how high the rate can go up for some protection.

This may be a good option for short term purchases.


Things to consider:

Unlike the fixed rate loan, your payments, while they start out lower, can rise.

These increases may happen every year after the initial fixed period.


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