LOAN TYPES

A Loan for Every Buyer

Ark Mortgage creates loans of all types and sizes. Click on the loan type to find out more… then call us to talk about out which type of loan will work best for you.

The traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has a constant interest rate and monthly payments that never change. This may be a good choice if you plan to stay in your home for seven years or longer. If you plan to move within seven years, then adjustable-rate loans are usually cheaper. As a rule of thumb, it may be harder to qualify for fixed-rate loans than for adjustable rate loans. When interest rates are low, fixed-rate loans are generally not that much more expensive than adjustable-rate mortgages and may be a better deal in the long run, because you can lock in the rate for the life of your loan.

This loan is fully amortized over a 15-year period and features constant monthly payments. It offers all the advantages of the 30-year loan, plus a lower interest rate—and you’ll own your home twice as fast. The disadvantage is that, with a 15-year loan, you commit to a higher monthly payment. Many borrowers opt for a 30-year fixed-rate loan and voluntarily make larger payments that will pay off their loan in 15 years. This approach is often safer than committing to a higher monthly payment, since the difference in interest rates isn’t that great.

These increasingly popular ARMS—also called 3/1, 5/1 or 7/1—can offer the best of both worlds: lower interest rates (like ARMs) and a fixed payment for a longer period of time than most adjustable rate loans. For example, a “5/1 loan” has a fixed monthly payment and interest for the first five years and then turns into a traditional adjustable-rate loan, based on then-current rates for the remaining 25 years. It’s a good choice for people who expect to move (or refinance) before or shortly after the adjustment occurs.

The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loan is one of several government-insured loans. FHA doesn’t lend money directly to home buyers; they insure lenders against losses that may occur from client default. Because of this, lenders have less strict requirements for borrowers. Traditionally, FHA loans have been a popular choice for first time home buyers.

Jumbo loan amounts exceed the conforming limit on loans set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If you’re looking to buy an expensive home and need a large loan amount, a jumbo loan could be the right option for you. To qualify, requirements for the borrower will be different compared to requirements of other loan types. Usually jumbo loans require a lower debt-to-income ratio, a higher credit score, and higher emergency funds.