Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Adjustable-rate mortgage, or variable rate mortgage, is a mortgage where the interest rate will adjust to match the current market after an initial fixed rate. For example, a 5/1 ARM’s interest rate will start adjusting after a five-year period of a fixed rate.


  1. Payments decline when market rates fall
  2. Low initial rate, compared to fixed rate


  1. Payments increase when rates rise
  2. No stability; payments change over time


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