What is a fixed-rate loan?
A fixed-rate mortgage loan is a loan where the interest rate remains the same for the entire term of the loan. Interest rates are locked up-front and don’t change, as opposed to an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). This allows a borrower to accurately predict their future payments.
How does a fixed-rate loan work?
Fixed-rate mortgages offer a set interest rate, resulting in a fixed payment amount that will not change over the life of the loan. It’s particularly popular with first-time homebuyers and anyone who finds it easier to budget and plan around the predictability of a fixed payment. Loan lengths vary, but the most common term is 30 years.