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.
To speak to the Mortgage Department, call 210-945-3300, select option 3, then option 2.
By eliminating some of the upfront costs, RBFCU helps you turn your dream into reality. Qualifying loan types include: Conventional fixed-rate, 100% Financing, Jumbo, Construction and 5/5 adjustable-rate.
In addition, members have the option to purchase discount points to lower their 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 (DTI) and take other important steps to position yourself for receiving the best possible loan terms. Click the button below to read our document on “Maintaining Your Financial Status and Credit Score” for tips to help guide you through the process.
2. Decide what you can afford
3. Get pre-approved
4. Find your home
5. Complete paperwork
6. Finalize your loan
Our Mortgage Lending 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.
How much home can I afford?
How much should I put down for a new home?
How much will my mortgage payments be?
Which is better for me: A fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate mortgage?
Which is better for me: A 15-year or 30-year mortgage loan term?
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 210-945-3300 and speak with a Mortgage Lending Representative.
How soon will someone from RBFCU 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.