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Safe ARM

Safe ARM

Homeowner protection ARM soon available to brokers

August 1, 2006


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A new program combines the low payment of an adjustable rate mortgage with the safety of a fixed rate and will soon be made available to brokers and correspondents.

The New York Mortgage Company LLC announced the launch of the Homeowner Protection ARM, a product that offers “long-term protection against rising rates along with automatic participation in falling rates,” without negative amortization.

The new loan is a 30-year mortgage that starts at 6.50% for three months and has a 6.99% cap for the first 10 years, with a floor of 4.0%. The rate, which is pegged to the 1-month London Interbank Offered Rate and adjusts monthly, has a margin of 1.5 percentage points over LIBOR, for a fully-indexed current rate today of 6.875%. The annual percentage rate is 7.182%, according to the announcement.

While the new ARM isn’t yet available to brokers and correspondent lenders, “we expect to roll a version very shortly,” company spokeswoman Kristen Olson said.

“This is the first monthly adjustable rate mortgage that almost totally insulates the borrower from interest rate risk for a period of ten years,” said company President Steven Schnall in the announcement. “The ten-year rate cap on this loan is only negligibly higher than the prevailing rates on a ten-year ARM or 30-year fixed mortgage, yet unlike these other loan programs, our rates will drop should market rates drop. The advantage to the borrower is clear and unmistakable.”

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Coco Salazar is an assistant editor and staff writer for e-mail: [email protected]

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