Adjustable rate mortgages are normally written at lower interest rates than fixed rate mortgages. Typical adjustable rate mortgages have a period of time that the rate is fixed and thereafter will adjust. The normal ajustment periods that are offered are: 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 7 year, and 10 year.
Recently there has been a trend to shorter adjustables such as 1-month adjustables.
The shorter the adjustment period the sooner the mortgage can begin to adjust to market swings.
A 1 month adjustable can begin to adjust to market conditions almost immediately while a 10 year adjustable gives a stable interest rate for 10 years.
It makes sense to accept an adjustable rate mortgage if a property will be sold in a short period of time. If a person knows that within a certain period of time they are likely to move then adjustable rate mortgages are worth consideration.
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