Loan Programs

Which loan is right for me? Loan Programs


 Years you plan to stay in home  Best program
1-3
3-5
5-7
7-10
10+
3/1 ARM, 1 year ARM or 6 month ARM
5/1 ARM
7/1 ARM
10/1 ARM, 30 year fixed or 15 year fixed
30 year fixed or 15 year fixed
 Program

 Pros

 Cons

Fixed Rate Mortgages

  • 30 Year fixed
  • 15 Year fixed
  • Monthly payments are fixed over the life of the loan
  • Interest rate does not change
  • protected if rates go up
  • can refinance if rates go down
  • Higher interest rate
  • Higher mortgage payments
  • Rate does not drop if interest rates improve
Adjustable Rate Mortgages

  • 10/1 ARM
  • 7/1 ARM
  • 3/1 ARM
  • 1 year ARM
  • 6 month ARM
  • 1 month  ARM
  • Lower initial monthly payment
  • Lower payment over a shorter period time
  • Rates and payments may go down if rates improve
  • May qualify for higher loan amounts
  • More risk
  • Payments may change over time
  • Potential for high payments if rates go up
Balloon Mortgages

  • 7 year
  • 5 year
  • Lower initial monthly payment
  • Lower payment over a shorter period of time
  • Many balloon mortgages offer the option to convert a new loan after the initial term
  • Risk of rates being higher at the end of the initial fixed period
  • Risk of foreclosure if you cannot make balloon payment or if you cannot refinance or if you cannot exercise the conversion option
First Time Buyers
  • Lower Down payment
  • Easier to qualify
  • Sometimes you may get lower rates
  • May be subject to income and property value limitations
  • Some programs which have government subsidies may have a recapture tax if you sell the house too early
Stated Income Programs
  • Don’t need to verify income
  • Faster approval
  • Higher rates
  • Higher payments
No point, No fee Programs
  • No closing costs
  • Less money required to close
  • Higher rates
  • Higher payments
Imperfect Credit Programs
  • Potential for reestablishing credit if you pay your mortgage on time
  • When used for debt consolidation, you may be able to reduce your monthly debt payment
  • Higher rates
  • Terms may not be as favorable
  • Harder to get long term fixed loans
  • Loans may have prepayment penalties
Home EquityLine of Credit
  • You only borrow what you need
  • Pay interest only on what you borrow
  • Flexible access to funds
  • Interest may be tax deductible
  • Rates can change, max rates are normally high
  • Payments can change
  • Harder to refinance your first mortgage
Home Equity Fixed Loan
  • Fixed payments
  • Interest may be tax deductible
  • Higher interest rates than on 1st mortgages
  • Harder to refinance 1st mortgage
Consumers wishing to file a complaint against a company regarding the origination and/or servicing of your mortgage loan or a complaint against a residential mortgage loan originator concerning residential mortgage loans on real estate located in Texas should complete and send a complaint form to the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, 2601 North Lamar, Suite 201, Austin, Texas 78705. Complaint forms and instructions may be obtained from the department’s website at www.sml.texas.gov. A toll-free consumer hotline is available at 1-877-276-5550. The department maintains a recovery fund to make payments of certain actual out of pocket damages sustained by borrowers caused by acts of licensed residential mortgage loan originators. A written application for reimbursement from the recovery fund must be filed with and investigated by the department prior to the payment of a claim. For more information about the recovery fund, please consult the department’s website at www.sml.texas.gov.