UPDATE: Due to current financial markets, most mortgage companies, including Quicken Loans, do no offer interest-only loans. But if you’re looking for a low payment, we could still help with other loan programs. If you have questions and would like to find out more, talk to a mortgage expert today at (800) 251-9080.
In the meantime, here’s some information on interest-only loans that you can keep in your back pocket:
An interest-only loan gives you the option of paying just the interest , or paying interest and as much principal as you want in any given month. The interest-only option is available in the initial years of the loan for a fixed number of years. After the interest-only period, all payments will then include principal and interest. Interest-only loans can be either traditional fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgages. Quicken Loans offers interest-only refinance options that are interest-only for the first 10 years.
How Interest-Only Loans Work
If you choose to make the interest-only payment one month, that month’s payment is lower than it would be had you made the principal and interest payment. Your interest rate may or may not be lower than a traditional mortgage, but you will have the option of choosing your payment. Sophisticated homeowners know that having this type of payment flexibility is one of the smartest ways to manage your personal finances.
Refinancing from a traditional home loan to an interest-only loan has become popular because it gives you control over your cash flow.
It’s this simple: with an interest-only loan, in months when you need more cash, you don’t have to pay principal and interest. You can just pay the interest.
Who Is an Interest-Only Refinance For?
Refinancing to an interest-only loan is a good choice for anyone looking to make their money work harder for them. For instance, making interest-only payments and putting the difference into an investment which brings a higher rate of return. Traditional mortgages offer no such option. That’s something to think about if you’re not maximizing your yearly 401(k) and IRA contributions.
But there are other things you can do with the extra cash you can have every month:
- You could pay down high-interest credit card debt.
- Save for your children’s college tuition.
- Buy or lease a second family vehicle.
- Increase your home’s value by making home improvements.
- Set aside money for a rainy day.
Depending on your existing loan balance , refinancing to an interest-only loan could get you access to thousands of dollars over the course of several years to put to use as you think best.
Interest-only refinancing may also be a good option for people who expect move again before the end of the interest-only period of their home loan.
The Truth About Interest-Only Refinancing
A big misconception about interest-only mortgage refinancing is that if you’re not paying down your loan’s principal every month, you’re not building any home equity. That’s not necessarily true. Historically, homes in the U.S. appreciate an average of 3% each year. If you’re in an area of the country that is appreciating, you’ll still be building equity, even with an interest-only loan. If you’re unsure of your home’s value, try our home value calculator or give us a call to see if an interest-only loan is right for you.
You should also know that with any Quicken Loans home loan, there are never any pre-payment penalties. And you can refinance again at any time if mortgage rates or your financial situation changes.
If you still have questions, call us at 800-251-9080 to talk to a refinance expert today. We can help you determine which refinancing option is best for your situation.