X

With the Income You Need to Buy a Median-Priced Home rising, you may need to Learn About Adjustable Rate Mortgages to preserve affordability.

With the Income You Need to Buy a Median-Priced Home rising, you may need to Learn About Adjustable Rate Mortgages to preserve affordability.

What do the acronyms APR, FRM and ARM mean?

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. This number includes some of the various costs of obtaining a mortgage loan and converts them into a single value in order to help you comparison shop for your loan. However, it is a misunderstood and often misleading number and can actually cause more confusion than it alleviates. Due to what is a rather flawed calculation, many ARMs have APRs far less than their actual contract interest rates, when it should be the other way around.

FRM and ARM are simple -- Fixed Rate Mortgage (FRM) and Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) -- two basic types of mortgages. FRMs have interest rates which never change, while ARMs have rates that can change anywhere from one time over a 30-year term to as many 360 times.

Ask the expert
Keith Gumbinger
Keith Gumbinger
Mortgage Expert
Vice President, HSH.com
About Keith: Mortgage market observer and analyst with 35 years experience... (more)
Please enter a question.
Please enter name.
Please enter email.
Captcha code invalid
Q: Can I use an equity loan to pay off my mortgage?
JUN 22, 2022
A:

My home is valued at $195,000. I owe $127,000 on the mortgage. I want a 10 year equity loan to pay off the mortgage. Can I find lenders to do this? Certainly! However...

Read More
Q: What is a mortgage insurance premium? Do I need this?
APR 07, 2022
A:

In general, this will be the cost you must pay for a policy which helps to protect your lender.

Read More
Q: Will biweekly mortgage payments save me money?
MAR 23, 2022
A:

Making biweekly mortgage payments will cut your interest cost and shorten the term of your loan.

Read More
Add to Homescreen?
X
X
Install this web app on your phone :tap and then Add to homescreen