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Oakland Real Estate Information: Mortgages
Balloon loans

Balloon loans offer lower interest rates for shorter term financing, usually five, seven, or 10 years. At the end of this term, they require refinancing or paying off the outstanding balance with a lump-sum payment. Balloon mortgages may be suitable if you plan to sell or refinance your home within a few years and want a fixed, low monthly payment.

The advantage they offer is an interest rate that is lower than that of a fully amortizing fixed-rate mortgage. For example, your initial interest rate may be 7.5%, and you would pay that for the first five, seven, or 10 years (depending on the term of your balloon loan). Then, your entire outstanding loan balance would be due to the lender or you might have to pay a fee to refinance your loan at the prevailing interest rate.

Be sure to ask about all the conditions for a refinance option at the end of the balloon term. With some balloon mortgages, the lender doesn't guarantee to extend the loan past the balloon date. If you don't feel you will be able to meet all the refinance conditions or think the balloon term may be up before you are ready to move, this type of loan may not be appropriate for you.

Further Oakland mortgage Information:
Oakland mortgages: About Mortgages
Oakland mortgages: Mortgage Amount and Term
Oakland mortgages: Amortization
Oakland mortgages: Fixed or Adjustable Interest Rates
Oakland mortgages: Down Payment
Oakland mortgages: Closing Costs
Oakland mortgages: Discount Points
Oakland mortgages: Conforming and Nonconforming Loans
Oakland mortgages: Fixed-Rate Mortgages
Oakland mortgages: 30-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: 20-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: 15-Year Fixed-Rate
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 1)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) (page 2)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: CD-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Treasury-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Cost of Funds-Indexed ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Initial Fixed-Period ARMs
Oakland mortgages: Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Two-Step Mortgage
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs (General)
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: FHA Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: VA Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: RHS Loans
Oakland mortgages: Government Loans and Programs: State and Local Loan Programs
Oakland mortgages: Balloon Loans


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