The Risks of an ARM
When Buying a Vero Beach Real Estate


If you're at all considering an ARM when purchasing a house in Vero Beach, you absolutely, positively must understand what rising interest rates (and, therefore, a rising monthly mortgage payment) could do to your personal finances. Look no further than the cause behind many of the foreclosures in 2008 and 2009 when buyers with ARM's had their mortgages adjusted upward to the point they could no longer afford their homes.

Only consider an ARM if you can answer all of the following in the affirmative:

If you expect to be having children in the future, consider now the fact that your household expenses will rise and your income may fall with the arrival of those little bundles of joy.

If you are fiscally positioned to take on the financial risks inherent with an adjustable-rate mortgage, by all means consider taking one -- we're not trying to talk you into a fixed-rate loan. The odds are with you to save money, in the form of lower interest charges and payments, with an ARM. Your interest rate starts lower (and stays lower, if the overall level of interest rates don't change). Even if rates do go up, as they are sometimes prone to do, they will surely come back down. So, if you can stick with your ARM through times of high and low interest rates, you should still come out ahead.

ARMs Do Carry Risk

Although ARMs do carry the risk of a fluctuating interest rate, almost all adjustable-rate loans limit, or cap, the rise in the interest rate allowed on your loan. We certainly wouldn't recommend you take an ARM without caps. Typical caps are 2 percent per year and 5-6 percent over the life of the loan. 

Consider an adjustable-rate mortgage only if you're financially and emotionally secure enough to handle the maximum possible payments over an extended period of time. ARMs work best for borrowers who take out smaller loans than they are qualified for or who are consistently saving more than 10 percent of their monthly income. If you do choose an ARM, make sure you have a significant cash cushion that is accessible in the event that rates go up. Don't take an adjustable just because the initially lower interest rate allows you to afford a more expensive home. Better to buy a Vero Beach home you can afford with a fixed-rate mortgage

Ask Jim DiMarzo, Premier Estate Properties , about taking out a mortgage on a house in Vero Beach.


This Homebuyers Tip was excerpted from

Home Buying For Dummies (3rd Edition), by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown. © 2006 by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown, used by permission of Wiley Publishing.   

ISBN-10: 0471768472


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