Important news before you travel:
If you are in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.
For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. More than 5 million people visit Yosemite each year....read more
GOING TO LONDON'S HEATHROW?
Heathrow Airport is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide. The airport is the primary hub of British Airways, and is a base for Virgin Atlantic. With 190,000 passengers arriving and departing every day, Heathrow handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world.
Of Heathrow's 69 million passengers in 2011, 7% were bound for UK destinations, 41% were short-haul international travellers and 52% were long-haul. The busiest single destination in passenger numbers is New York, with over 3.8 million passengers between Heathrow and JFK / Newark airports in 2011. The airport has five passenger terminals (numbered 1 to 5) and a cargo terminal.
Full body scanners are now used at the airport, and passengers who object to their use after being selected are not allowed to fly...read more
THE WILDERNESS OF ALASKA
Alaska is more than just the largest state in America it is one of the largest natural untouched places in the world. There is so much to do and see in Alaska whether you prefer to hike on an ice age glacier...read more
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Yellowstone national park is a wonderful place to go on vacation. Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved at Yellowstone. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park...read more
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HOW ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE WORKS
It is important to understand all the different types of mortgages available to you before you go shopping for a mortgage. And, one of the most popular mortgage types in the market are Adjustable rate mortgages. An Adjustable Rate is an interest rate that changes over the life of the loan, resulting in possible changes in the monthly payments, loan term, and/or principal. Some plans have rate or payment limits, so your payment cannot go above a fixed amount.
A variable-rate mortgage, adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), or tracker mortgage is a mortgage loan with the interest rate on the note periodically adjusted based on an index which reflects the cost to the lender of borrowing on the credit markets. The loan may be offered at the lender's standard variable rate/base rate. There may be a direct and legally defined link to the underlying index, but where the lender offers no specific link to the underlying market of index they can choose to increase or decrease at their discretion. The term "variable-rate mortgage" is most common outside the United States, whilst in the United States, "adjustable-rate mortgage" is most common, and implies a mortgage regulated by the Federal government, with limitations on charges ("caps"). In many countries, adjustable rate mortgages are the norm, and in such places, may simply be referred to as mortgages.
Among the most common indices are the rates on 1-year constant-maturity Treasury (CMT) securities, the Cost of Funds Index (COFI), and the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). A few lenders use their own cost of funds as an index, rather than using other indices. This is done to ensure a steady margin for the lender, whose own cost of funding will usually be related to the index. Consequently, payments made by the borrower may change over time with the changing interest rate (alternatively, the term of the loan may change). This is not to be confused with the graduated payment mortgage, which offers changing payment amounts but a fixed interest rate. Other forms of mortgage loan include the interest only mortgage, the fixed rate mortgage, the negative amortization mortgage, and the balloon payment mortgage.
When you get an ARM, two main factors determine the rate you pay: the index and the margin. The index is a rate set by market forces and published by a neutral third party. The margin is an agreed-upon number of percentage points that is added to the index to determine your rate.
A thorough mortgage shopper will run across a bunch of acronyms to denote various ARM indexes, such as COFI, LIBOR, MAT and CMT. Each index responds at its own peculiar pace to the economy's ups and downs.
Indexes can be divided into two broad categories: those based upon rate averages and those based upon more volatile spot rates. There is some overlap between the two categories. ARMs indexed to average rates tend to move more slowly, in rather gradual steps, whether the markets are rising or falling. ARMs based on spot rates go up and down abruptly.
There are many different types of adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), including:
- A 2/28 loan (a 30-year loan with a fixed rate for the first two years and an adjustable rate for the remaining 28)
- Interest only loan (IO loan) in which you make interest only payments for a set time with no reduction in the
principal loan balance
- Option ARM (or payment option ARM) which allows you to choose among several payment options each
month during the first few years of the loan (could result in limited reduction of principal or possibly an increase in the loan balance) depending on the payment option you choose
An adjustable rate mortgage usually has a period at the beginning of the loan with a fixed rate. After this initial period, called the introductory period, the adjustable rate mortgage rate will be adjusted regularly, according to a planed schedule. The schedule of when the rate will adjust is agreed upon at closing. This can be as soon as one month or as long as 10 years.
Adjustable rate mortgages can be used in situations where the buyer is looking for a short-term loan. Perhaps a buyer is looking at a possible job change or will be leaving the country in a couple of years. These buyers can take advantage of the lowered interest rate offered on an ARM without worrying about the adjustment period.
Adjustable-rate mortgage refinance loans are a good choice if you:
Are planning to move in a few years (before the end of the initial rate period)
Expect your income to rise enough in the coming years to cover any increase in payments resulting from an increase in the interest rate
Want lower initial monthly payments than a fixed-rate mortgage usually offers
Think interest rates may fall in the future
Some disadvantages of adjustable-rate refinance mortgages:
-If you plan to sell the home before the introductory period ends, there is an element of risk, as it can be difficult to predict exactly how long it will take to sell your home
Interest rates will increase in a rising rate environment
-An increase in rates will increase your monthly payment amount, which may not keep pace with any increase in income
-An increase in interest rate will reduce accumulation of Glossary Term: equity Information Panel, especially where home values are declining, and may make it more difficult to refinance your loan again