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3 Reasons to Consider a 10-Year Term

by | May 5, 2012

The 10-year fixed-rate mortgage has generated renewed interest lately as borrowers look to lock in for the long term and enjoy the security and peace of mind this brings.
With mortgage rates at all-time lows, it turns out that fashion isn’t the only thing that comes back into style! In fact, 10-year fixed mortgage rates have never looked so tempting.
Following are three key reasons to consider a 10-year mortgage term:
1. After five years, you only have to pay three months’ interest to get out of the mortgage. This is currently the lowest penalty available for a fixed rate – much more attractive than facing a much higher interest rate differential (IRD) penalty!
2. If you’re on a fixed income, taking advantage of a longer term fixed-rate mortgage can definitely be beneficial. Currently, with our historically low interest rates, a five-year fixed rate is around 3.19% and 10-year is around 3.89%. So, if after five years rates have risen to 4.6% or higher (which is very likely), you would have been ahead taking the current 10-year at 3.89%. Instead of guessing how much longer rates will remain at historic lows, if you’re on a fixed income, you know you’ll be paying the same rate for 10 years.And, chances are, after 10 years are up, you’ll be in better shape financially and have more equity in your home.
3. You don’t need the equity out of your home for your next purchase as you can buy again with a 5% down payment. For instance, if you purchase with 5% down, your property would have to go up more than 25% for you to get equity to use as a down payment for a second home, which is not likely in five years. But, you can turn your current condo into a rental and buy your next home with 5% down (with a combination of savings or a gift). Rental mortgages usually require a 20% down payment, whereas primary residences typically require just 5% down. Purchasing a condo to live in until you’re ready to buy another home, and then renting out the condo, is a great way to become a real estate investor without having to come up with a 20% down payment.
The return of the solid 10-year means you have options. It may not be the best option for everyone, and the market may change in a few months to make it less attractive. Let me show you how all the products apply to your specific situation to ensure you receive the best product and rate to meet your unique needs.
As always, if you have questions about mortgage terms, or other mortgage-related questions, we are here to help!

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