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All About Mortgage Rates

Aug 17, 2007
Mortgage rates are often the most important factor when choosing a lender and the type of loan. The interest rate affects the monthly payment the borrower has to make. If mortgage rates increase then, unless the interest rate payable on the loan is capped or fixed, the amount payable each month will also increase. The length of the loan term also affects the amount payable each month. There is a direct relationship between the term of the loan and the monthly installment. The monthly installment will be less the longer the term of the loan.

Fixed mortgage rates tie in the interest rate current at the start of the mortgage for either the entire term of the mortgage or for a set period. If you wish to have a set amount for each installment then a fixed rated mortgage seems like a good option. It will give you the security of knowing what you are going to have to pay each month. The monthly installment does not increase when mortgage rates go up. However, if the underlying interest rate decreases then borrowers on a fixed rate mortgage will not receive any decrease in their monthly payment. In the case of variable or adjustable rate mortgages the amount payable each month may increase or decrease depending on the prevailing interest rate.

There a plenty of factors that determine what loan is right for you. Mortgage rates are important but you need to consider whether or not you need the security of a fixed rate mortgage and what term your mortgage should have.

Mortgage rates depend on the preferred term. Mortgage terms will normally be between fifteen an 30 years although terms as long as fifty years have been known. The state of the economy, the type of property, the number of occupants and the credit worthiness of the borrower are also big determiners of the mortgage rate.

Mortgage rates are applied to the outstanding principal amount. The rate is decided upon by the lender and depends on the factors referred to above. As the principal amount reduces the amount of each installment that is applied to the principal will increase. So at the start of the mortgage most of the installment will go towards paying off the interest, at the end of the terms the majority of the installment can be applied to the principal amount. Borrowers can arrange just to pay interest in the first few years but although this may relieve some financial pressure at the start of the mortgage it may mean the mortgage costs quite a bit more over its duration.

Another option is to have an interest only mortgage which means that all you have to pay each month is the interest. The amount payable will depend on the mortgage rates unless the mortgage has a fixed rate. You then need to put in place some other means of paying off the capital borrowed. This could be by way of an endowment or pension.
About the Author
Shelley Green is the owner of http://www.mortgages-click.com, a site that specializes in Mortgages. Shelley Green is also the owner of Loans Click and Refinance Click.
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