Buying and Selling

Fixed vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Compare your monthly mortgage payments for a fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan

Mortgages loans generally fall into two categories, fixed-rate and adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs). Use the calculator below to compare your options and get a better idea of which mortgage may be right for you.

With a fixed-rate mortgage, the rate stays the same for the life of the loan. Buyers who are worried about rising rates or who plan to be in their home for a long time may opt for a fixed-rate mortgage.

With an adjustable rate mortgage, the interest rate is only fixed for an initial period of time. At the end of the fixed-rate period, the interest rate can adjust either up or down. Buyers opting for the typically lower ARM rates will need to be ready to adjust to a higher (or lower) rate, depending on the market conditions at the time of the adjustments.

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