Livonia, Mich. – Oct. 12, 2007 – As the drum beat of news continues about the credit crunch in the mortgage market, millions of homeowners are worried about their adjustable-rate mortgages that will adjust to higher interest rates, leaving many struggling to make their monthly mortgage payment. As a result, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do, or not do, before an ARM resets.
According to industry statistics, $75 billion in ARMs are slated to adjust higher through the rest of 2007. Another $500 billion will adjust higher in 2008.
What should a consumer do if their adjustable-rate mortgage is about to reset? There is no “one size fits all” answer, so it’s imperative that homeowners educate themselves and take action before their ARM resets.
To help consumers find answers, Quicken Loans, one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, has launched its new https://www.quickenloans.com/homeloanu Web site.
The site offers a wealth of free informational guides providing easy to understand information and advice on a wide range of housing topics, including refinancing.
“With so many ARMs adjusting higher in the near future, a lot of folks are confused and worried about what to do. Their first impulse may be to immediately refinance but, in some cases, that might not be the best option,” said Bob Walters, chief economist for www.quickenloans.com. “There are several factors to consider when an ARM resets, such as the new interest rate and how long they plan to stay in their home.”
Walters noted that the first thing someone with an ARM should do is consult an experienced mortgage lender who can review their current loan program, discuss financial goals and explore available options to determine the best course of action to meet their immediate and long-term needs.
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About Quicken Loans
Quicken Loans is one of the nation’s largest retail mortgage lenders, closing nearly $18 billion in home loans in calendar year 2006. The company employs more than 4,000 people and has been ranked in the “Top 20” of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list for the last four years. For more information, visit www.quickenloans.com. To read more about Quicken Loans unique culture, visit www.quickenloanscareers.com or see “What’s the DIFF” at the Quicken Loans Blog.