Massachusetts first-time home buyers sometimes feel like they are listening to a foreign language when learning about the many lending terms related to a mortgage loan. There are many and several sound similar. The following are 15 loan terms first-time home buyers should definitely know.
1. Adjustable-rate Mortgage (ARM): Frequently referred to by its acronym ARM, an adjustable-rate mortgage is a loan in which the interest rate is adjusted periodically based on a pre-selected index. An ARM is sometimes known as a variable-rate mortgage. An ARM typically isn't for first-time home buyers, mainly because rates may rise and monthly payments could become no longer affordable.
2. Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The annual percentage rate, commonly referred to as the APR, is the interest rate that reflects the true cost of borrowing. It takes into account all the costs associated with a loan. The APR allows home buyers in Massachusetts and around the country to compare different types of mortgages based on the annual cost of each loan.