What Are Your Options If You’re in a Variable Mortgage?
- Increase your payment
- Simply put, you will be able to increase your monthly payment by as little as 10%, up to 100%. You can do this on your online mortgage app or over the phone with your lender.
- Lock in
- With a variable rate mortgage, you will have the ability to lock in your mortgage. It’s important to remember that you will only need to lock into a fixed term that matches your current remaining term. So, for example, if you have two years remaining on your mortgage term, you will lock into the offered rate for two years.
- Restructure into a short-term fixed product (1-3 years)
- This option will give you the peace of mind, a steady payment, and the ability to capitalize on the market if rates begin to decline within your renewal date.
- Schedule lump sum payments
- Decide on a lump sum payment you are most comfortable making monthly.
- Contact your lender and schedule that monthly lump sum payment for a specified period.
- The benefits here is that you keep the flexibility within your base payment. Your payment remains at the minimum, which is helpful for future qualifications on potential investment properties or a second home.
- OR make a single lump sum payment and revisit things again later.
- Consider the HELOC option
- A big benefit to the home equity line of credit is that it only requires interest payments, ultimately creating more cash flow monthly. This option would be for those who are more concerned with monthly payments, and less concerned with paying down their principal.
- Transfer your adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) to a static payment variable (VRM)
- While acquiring the static payment component, there is a trigger rate to ensure principal is being paid. This option allows you to know exactly what your monthly mortgage payment is going to be, while still offering the flexibility of a variable mortgage product.
A simple refinance may benefit you for a few reasons:
- Extending your amortization out will reduce your monthly payment
- Consolidating debt can reduce your overall monthly bills
- You can access your equity to aid in payment cushion
- We can search for more favorable lenders with lower rates
- You can add a home equity line of credit
- Ride The Wave & Weather the Storm
- It’s always important to stick to your investment strategies and remember your why. What goes up has historically always come down, so weathering today’s storm may pay dividends in your future.
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