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Fresno Real Estate Information: Mortgages
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs)

Two-Step Mortgage: This special type of ARM provides the benefit of initial low rates with the stability of longer term financing because it adjusts only once - either at seven years or at five years. After that initial adjustment, the mortgage maintains a fixed rate for the remaining 23 or 25 years of a 30-year mortgage repayment term. For example, if your initial interest rate were 8%, you would pay that rate for the first seven (or five) years. Then, for the remaining 23 (or 25) years, you would pay an interest rate that is indexed to the value of the 10-year U.S. Treasury security on the adjustment date. (At the adjustment date, there is no additional refinancing cost, no forms to complete, and no re-qualification necessary.) This new rate can never be more than 6 percentage points higher than your old rate. There are no limits on how much lower the adjusted interest rate can be.

Further Information:
About Mortgages
Mortgage Amount and Term
Amortization
Fixed or Adjustable Interest Rates
Down Payment
Closing Costs
Discount Points
Conforming and Nonconforming Loans
Fixed-Rate Mortgages
30-Year Fixed-Rate
20-Year Fixed-Rate
15-Year Fixed-Rate
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 1)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 2)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: CD-Indexed ARMs
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Treasury-Indexed ARMs
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Cost of Funds-Indexed ARMs
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Initial Fixed-Period ARMs
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Two-Step Mortgage
Government Loans and Programs (General)
Government Loans and Programs: FHA Loans
Government Loans and Programs: VA Loans
Government Loans and Programs: RHS Loans
Government Loans and Programs: State and Local Loan Programs
Balloon Loans


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