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Fixed versus Adjustable Mortgage

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Choosing the Right Mortgage Refinance Option

Mortgage loans offer two options: a FRM (fixed-rate mortgage) or an ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage). Fixed rate mortgages provide security and predictability. On the other hand, adjustable rate mortgages can offer the potential for savings, especially if interest rates go down. How do you decide which of these options is best for you? A coin toss may not be the way to take such an important decision. Read this article to dispel the uncertainty about ARMs and FRMs so you can take an informed decision and streamline your financial outlook.

Fixed rate mortgages vs. Adjustable rate loans

Fixed rate mortgages have the same fixed interest rate for the entire duration of the loan. Whether the interest rates go up or down, you don’t have to worry because your rate will remain the same throughout the tenure of your loan and you can plan your cash flows better.

On the other hand, adjustable rate mortgages are tied to a benchmark index. As the market rates fluctuate, the benchmark changes and if affects the rate you have to pay every month. There are many ways in which ARMs can vary, but the most important variables are:

The tenure of the initial rate

The frequency and range of adjustment of the interest rate

Predictability vs. savings

Adjustable rate mortgages often offer a low opening rate that can remain in place for three to seven years. On the other hand, fixed rates offer you the security of knowing that your monthly outflow will never change, whatever happens to the market interest rates. In order to decide which option works best for you, consider the following factors:

Your risk-taking appetite

Your planned duration for owning your home

Here’s how it works. If you are buying a home for the long haul, fixed rate may be better for you. For someone planning to sell their home in lets day five years, the adjustable rate option can offer a low opening rate and they can sell before the rate is revised. It is possible to calculate what your ARM and FRM refinance rates and payments will be by using an online calculator.

However, the factor that will ultimately outweigh any other considerations if your appetite for risk. Even if you are fairly certain that you intend to sell or refinance in a few years, there is a risk involved in the ARM option. You may prefer to pay a little more in the FRM option for the predictability, security and peace of mind it affords.

Bottom-line, you don’t need to flip a coin to decide which option suits you best! While FRM and ARM offer their own set of advantages, you probably know which is the clear winning option for you!

Fix and Flip Mortgage Deals

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

“Fix and Flip” Deals

Investors in real estate make mega bucks by using the “Fix and flip” routine. Quite simply “fix and flip” refers to a three step procedure in handling real estate deals. Buy—renovate—sell for profit. In the basic “fix and flip” scenario, you buy a house, fix it up, and then sell it immediately for profit. Profit means your selling price must be higher than your buying price and the cost of renovation put together.

So, what happens to the investment if there’s a slump in the market? Some investors can lose out on the “flip” in a slowing market. However, with some smart thinking, there are always ways to make money with “fix and flip” in any kind of real estate market.

Estimate “Fixing” costs accurately

One of the key elements of your “fix and flip” profit will depend on an accurate estimation of what it will cost you to renovate the house. Renovation projects typically run over the schedules and over the budget. So keep a generous margin of safety while budgeting.

Estimate “Flip” time accurately

The other key element to assess is the condition of the real estate market. You can make money by “fix and flip” even in a slowing market as long as you can hold on to the property for a while. Remember not to set yourself very restrictive timelines for selling the house. If you can hold on long enough, you will end up with a profit.

Lease with option to buy

In this case, you’ll amend the typical “fix and flip” so you lease the property with an option to buy. Obviously, it’s important to ensure that your monthly mortgage payment is being covered by the rent accrual. At the time of selling, you don’t have to pay any brokerage fees to a real estate agent since your renter is your automatic buyer also.

Many lenders will be able to help you finance a “fix and flip” property. These offers typically finance both the buying price and the funds required for renovations. But making money on the deal is your baby. If you have accurate cost and time estimates, the returns can be well worth the effort!