Flexibility now, and in the future
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan from RBFCU has a fixed interest rate for the first five years. After that, the rate can change every five years for the remaining life of the loan. When the rate of your ARM changes, your monthly payments will increase if the rate goes up and decrease if the rate falls.
Pay low closing costs with no origination fee
Don’t let closing costs get between you and your new dream home. RBFCU removes some of the upfront costs by eliminating the origination fee, helping you turn your dream into reality.
- Available for 20 and 30-year fixed-rate conventional, jumbo and construction loans, and 5/5 adjustable-rate mortgage loans
- Members have the option to pay for discount points toward an even lower rate
Let us walk you through the mortgage loan process
1. Get prepared
Buying a home is a big commitment and you’ll want your finances to be in good condition before you start the process to ensure the best possible outcome. Gather your financial information, like recent tax returns, financial statements and pay stubs; your loan application will let you know what financial information is necessary. You should also review your credit score, take a look at your debt-to-income ratio and take other important steps to position yourself for receiving the best possible loan terms.
Use our Mortgage Application Checklist to quickly help you gather the documents you need in order to keep the loan process moving forward.
2. Decide what you can afford
Before you begin shopping for a home, take a look at your budget and current expenses to determine what you can afford. You’ll want to evaluate your monthly incoming and outgoing funds to see where a down payment, closing costs and your new mortgage payment might fit in.
3. Get preapproved
Once you know how much home you can afford, complete the application for a preapproval letter. The preapproval will let sellers know that you are a qualified buyer who is prepared to make a home purchase.
4. Find your home
Now’s the time to determine all the traits that make up your perfect home. Research areas and neighborhoods of interest. Also, connect with a real estate agent, who can help you search smarter.
5. Complete paperwork
You’ll complete the application process you started with your preapproval request by submitting your documents and continuing through the loan process. This may sound simple, but it can be a big undertaking, depending on your employment status, residency, etc.
6. Finalize your loan
Our mortgage team will help you through each step of the loan process and make sure you know everything you need to know to close your loan with confidence.
Ready to apply for a loan? Here’s what you’ll need to complete the application:
- The amount you would like to borrow
- The number of years you want to finance your loan (term length)
- Your current employment and income information
- Your phone number and email
- Information for joint borrowers you plan to include on the mortgage loan (including date of birth, address, income and employment, Social Security number and contact information; if applicable)
- An idea of the total amount you would like for your loan and monthly payments
For a list of all the documents often required to complete your purchase, download our Mortgage Application Checklist.
Why might an ARM be a good choice for me?
An ARM can be a great option to provide the flexibility you need now if you expect future income growth, or if you plan to move or refinance within a few years.
Which loan type is better: a fixed-rate mortgage loan or an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan?
The choice depends on your financial goals. A fixed-rate mortgage offers the security of an interest rate that does not fluctuate during the life of your loan. So when interest rates are low, many prefer a fixed-rate mortgage. When interest rates are high, an ARM can offer the benefit of receiving a lower rate, which may help you qualify for a larger loan.
Does RBFCU offer other options besides a 5/5 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan?
No, not at this time.
On a 5/5 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan, how frequently can my interest rate and payment increase?
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan is designed to lock in both your interest rate and payment for a designated term. After the initial term has lapsed, your interest rate and payment change. For example, in a 3/1 ARM loan, your interest rate and payment are locked in for the first three years of your loan, then both will adjust every year following your initial term. On an RBFCU 5/5 ARM loan, your interest rate and payment are locked in for the first five years of your term, then adjust every five years after that.
I’ve heard that adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans are risky. Is that true?
ARM loans offer the opportunity to get into the house of your dreams sooner than you think. At the same time, it is best to understand how an ARM loan works and to ensure it meets your overall financial plans. Call our Mortgage Resource Center at 1-800-580-3300 and speak with a mortgage loan representative.
How soon will someone contact me after I’ve submitted my mortgage application?
Once you submit your mortgage loan application for review, RBFCU will contact you within 24 hours, unless it’s a weekend application.
Still have mortgage questions?
Membership eligibility required. Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Origination fee program not available for short term loans, FHA or VA loans. Your interest rate can change in 60 months, and every 60 months thereafter beginning with payment number 61. Loans requiring PMI or piggyback financing are subject to additional qualifications, are limited to your primary residence and may require a larger down payment. Jumbo loans may require larger down payments and additional qualifications.