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Fixed or Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Fixed Rate Mortgage

A Fixed Rate Mortgage is a loan based on an interest rate guaranteed for a specific amount of time. With a fixed rate mortgage, you are able to “lock in” the current interest rate and therefore your mortgage repayments will remain consistent for the duration of your mortgage term. This gives you the peace of mind that your mortgage payments will remain constant even when market conditions become unfavorable or MERIX prime rate increases.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Unlike fixed rates, an adjustable rate varies during the term of your mortgage. As a result, your mortgage payments will increase or decrease throughout the life of your mortgage. An adjustable rate mortgage offers you the ability to take advantage of potentially lower, short-term interest rates. With an adjustable rate you have the potential to save money though interest rate savings and you can benefit from a lower rate if Prime rate decreases.

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage can be converted to a Fixed Rate Mortgage at any time during the lifetime of your mortgage with MERIX.

Fixed Vs. Adjustable Mortgage Rate
 
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Fixed mortgage rate: Your interest rate and payments are fixed for the duration of the mortgage term.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage: Your interest rate and payment fluctuates with the prime rate.
Best for

Best for

Fixed mortgage rate: You prefer the peace of mind of predictable mortgage payments that are guaranteed not to change during the term of your mortgage.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage: You are comfortable with rate fluctuations to gain possible long term interest savings.
Pros

Pros

Fixed mortgage rate: Simple to understand and the stability makes budgeting easier.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage: Often features lower rates and payments.
Cons

Cons

Fixed mortgage rate: Can be expensive. To take advantage of falling rates, you would need to refinance your mortgage.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage: Significant increases in the prime rate will increase your payment and interest payable.
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