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Fixed Rate vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Conventional loans include “fixed rate” and “adjustable rate” mortgages. A fixed rate mortgage has a predetermined interest rate throughout the life of the loan, the most common are for 15 and 30 years. An adjustable rate mortgage has a variable interest rate, and the most common are for 5, 7, or 10 years.

Adjustable rate mortgages can make financial sense if you’re planning to sell or refinance your home before the introductory period ends, but if you’re planning to own your home longer than five years it’s less risky to choose a fixed rate loan. Make sure to shop around so you can get the best mortgage possible, which will save you a lot of money in the long run. Ask your friends, family, and real estate agent for lender recommendations. Considering a career in real estate? Check out our upcoming pre-licensing courses here:

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