How Do Fixed Rate Mortgages Work?The Mortgage Centre
How Do Fixed Rate Mortgages Work?
Out of the various types of loans based on interest, fixed rate mortgages are ones in which the interest rate is fixed throughout the loan period. The other type of interest based loans that is offered by a lender is variable rate mortgages, where in the interest rates vary through the period of the loan depending on a factor that is pre-decided, for example inflation. The fixed rate mortgages are characterized by their fixed interest rate, the duration of the loan, its compounding frequency and the amount of loan borrowed. With the help of these the monthly interest payments can be calculated while considering if the fixed rate mortgage loan is amortizing or non-amortizing.
When compared to the variable rate mortgages, fixed rate mortgages tend to have a higher interest rate as they offer certainty in the future for the borrower. There can also be a few mortgages in which variable rate mortgages have higher interest due to their bases being one which shall decline in the future. A fixed rate mortgage is considered to be as a standard home loan.
What Are the Advantages Of Opting A Fixed Rate Mortgage
Certain and Defined
It is convenient for the borrower as they can plan their finances and make financial projections with a fixed interest cost, unlike in the case of variable rate mortgage takers who have an uncertainty element in their decision making.
Easy to understand
It eliminates complexity in its loan agreement and in the loan tenure. As in a variable rate mortgage where the rate varies on a regular basis, and the reasons, basing on which the rates shall change may be an added burden for the borrower, and is fully eliminated in the case of a fixed rate mortgage.
No sudden increase in interest rates
There can be a situation in variable rate mortgage when the interest rates might suddenly rise due to an exceptional case or a regular expected event in which the interest burden for the borrower becomes unworthy. This type of a situation cannot occur in a fixed rate mortgage.