# MORTGAGE GLOSSARY

## MORTGAGE GLOSSARY

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INITIAL INTEREST RATE

The interest rate that is fixed for some specified number of months at the beginning of the life of a an ARM. The initial rate is sometimes referred to as a “teaser rate”.

INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGE

A mortgage on which for some period the monthly mortgage payment consists of interest only. During that period, the loan balance remains unchanged.

INTEREST RATE

The rate charged the borrower each period for the loan of money, by custom quoted on an annual basis. A rate of 6%, for example, means a rate of 1/2% per month. A mortgage interest rate is a rate on a loan secured by a specific property.