Demand for adjustable-rate mortgages hits 14-year high

Demand for mortgages is on the rise due to what analysts say is an increase in listings on the market and fear that interest rates will continue climbing higher. However, buyers are increasingly turning to adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, as opposed to standard fixed-rate mortgages. ARMs have an advantage in that they offer lower initial

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Demand for adjustable rate mortgages doubles

Demand for adjustable-rate mortgages is soaring. The share of mortgage applications with ARMs more than doubled last week compared to three months ago, according to a report by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Unlike the more popular fixed-rate mortgage, ARMs start at one rate and then fluctuate after a set period of time. Buyers can lock

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As interest rates rise, adjustable-rate mortgages may appeal to more buyers

Although adjustable-rate mortgages are known to be riskier than their fixed-rate counterparts, some home buyers may want to consider them as interest rates keep on rising. So-called ARMs typically come with a lower initial interest rate than a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will start with, with the rate subject to change after a defined period of

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Don’t worry about adjustable-rate mortgages, experts say

Housing analysts have raised concerns that borrowers are becoming increasingly reckless when taking out so-called adjustable-rate mortgages, similar to the way they were abused in the years before the Great Recession more than a decade ago. The problem is that borrowers are asking for much higher loan amounts than they have been in recent years.

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