**Option ARM**

Mortgage Library: Types of Mortgage Loans: Option ARM

This loan program is an adjustable rate mortgage with added flexibility of making one of several
possible payments on your mortgage every month, in order to better manage your monthly cash flow.
It's low introductory start rate allows you to make very low initial mortgage payments and low qualifying rates enable you to qualify for more home. The minimum payment option can help keep your monthly payments affordable. If the minimum monthly payment is not sufficient to pay the monthly interest due, you can always avoid deferred interest by choosing the interest-only payment option. With the Option ARM, you generally have at least two fully amortized payment choices, leading to a quicker loan payoff. If you prefer to pay off your loan on schedule, you can make the fully amortized payment based on a 30-year loan, or you can choose the 15-year payment option for the fastest equity build-up. In most cases, you can also make additional principal payments which reduce the amount you need to pay in later months. Option ARM loan programs are right for you if you'd like to own your property only for a short time, and prefer affordability and flexibility in your monthly
payment. However, if you select the minimum payment option in the early years, you should be prepared for a
possible sudden increase (often referred to as Option ARM loans have four major types of payment options: **Minimum Payment**With the minimum payment option, your monthly payment is set for 12 months at your initial interest rate. After that, the payment changes annually, and a payment cap limits how much it can increase or decrease each year. If you make the minimum payment after the end of your initial interest rate period, which usually holds only for the first 1 to 3 months, it may not be enough to pay all of the interest charged on your loan for the previous month and the unpaid interest will be added to the principal balance you owe (will be*deferred*).
**Interest-Only Payment**With the interest-only payment option, you can avoid deferred interest, when the minimum payment is not enough to pay the monthly interest due. The interest-only payment option, however, is not available if the interest-only payment would be less than the minimum payment. Please note, that this payment option does not result in your principal reduction. The interest-only payment may change every month based on changes in the ARM index used to determine your fully indexed rate.
**Fully Amortizing 30-Year Payment**With fully amortizing payments, you pay both principal and interest and keep your loan on schedule. Your payment is calculated each month based on the prior month's fully indexed rate, loan balance and remaining loan term.
**Fully Amortizing 15-Year Payment**If you prefer to put your loan on an accelerated schedule and can afford higher monthly payments, the 15-year payment option allows you to repay your loan twice as faster and save more than half the total interest costs of a 30-year loan. Please note, that this payment option is offered only on the 30-year (or 40-year) term. It will cease to be an option when the loan has been paid to its 16th year.
These options should be clearly marked on your loan statement, so it is very easy to figure out how much you should pay each month. Just enter the correct amount in the payment coupon section of your statement. Option ARM loan programs are becoming more and more popular today, and there are many variations of this innovative home financing product on the market: PayOption ARM, CashFlow Option Loan, 1-Month Option ARM, Flex 5 Home Loan, Pick-a-Payment Option ARM loan programs may vary in the initial rate, negative amortization and lifetime caps, ARM index, or optional features, however, when comparing one option ARM with another, pay close attention to the margin and the fully indexed rate. Keep in mind that the initial interest rate holds only for the 1st month.
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