Traditional Mortgage

Most mortgages fall into the category of a traditional mortgage, which allows you to buy a home or refinance your current mortgage.

A traditional mortgage, also known as a conventional mortgage, is the most common type of home loan and helps you buy, refinance, or build your home, a vacation home, a condominium, or an owner-occupied, 1–4 unit family property. Down payment options may be available from as low as 3%.

Traditional mortgages can be:

  • Fixed-rate, which provides a set monthly principal and interest payment for the term of the loan.
  • Adjustable-rate, also known as an ARM loan, which has an interest rate that adjusts after the initial rate period. More information below.
  • Balloon Reset, which offers another option if you are in the position of having to relocate often.

Talk to your lender about which option makes sense for your home dreams. 

Start with Mortgage Pre-Approval

Mortgage pre-approval is a simple application process to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. Your credit and income information are the main factors taken into account. If you do qualify, a pre-approval has many benefits. It will let you know how much house you can afford and show home sellers you are serious about a home purchase.

Basics and Benefits of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM Loans)

Unlike a traditional fixed-rate mortgage where the interest rate stays the same for the life of the loan, the interest rate on an ARM loan will adjust. For example, with a 10/1 ARM, the interest rate adjusts after the first ten years of the loan (also known as the initial loan period). In addition to the interest rate adjusting, your payment may increase after the initial period.

Benefits of an ARM loan include:

  • Lower introductory rate during the initial period, typically less than a traditional fixed-rate mortgage
  • Lower monthly payments
  • A great fit for those who are planning to sell their home or refinance their mortgage in a few years*

Merchants offers various ARM loan options, for example a 10/1 or 7/1 ARM. Your lender will help you determine if an ARM loan would be a good fit for your situation and which option may be suitable.

Easy Choice for Our Mortgage Loan

On the day of closing, I felt confident knowing I had secured financing and knew exactly what to expect with my mortgage payments. It was just another step in the process that my mortgage lender prepared me for.

Pat Griffith, Mortgage Customer

Ready to start the mortgage loan process? Our local mortgage lenders are here to help. We're happy to answer your questions and educate you on mortgage loan options. Share your home goals with us today.

All mortgage loans are subject to credit approval.

* Any future refinance is subject to separate approval at that time.

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