Interest-Only Mortgage

Business / Taxes / Interest-Only Mortgage: With an interest-only mortgage loan, you pay only the interest portion of each scheduled payment for a fixed term, often five to seven years. After that, your payments increase, often substantially, to cover the accumulated unpaid principal plus the balance of the loan and the interest. Before the higher payments begin, you may renegotiate your loan at the current interest rate or pay off the outstanding balance. However, it’s possible that interest rates may have risen, in which case you will end up paying a higher rate on the entire unpaid principal. If you have regularly invested the principal you weren’t repaying and realized a return higher than the loan’s interest rate, you could come out ahead. However, many borrowers don’t invest the savings. One risk with interest-only loans is that you may not be able to meet the higher payments once full repayment begins, especially if the interest-only payments themselves were a stretch.

Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS)

Business / Real Estate / Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS): A security guaranteed by pools of mortgages and used to channel funds from securities markets to housing markets. Ginnie Mae has a popular MBS program recognized for its low risk and high yield. The G MORE

Mortgagee

Business / Construction / Mortgagee: The lender who makes the mortgage loan. MORE

Mortgage-Backed Security

Business / Taxes / Mortgage-Backed Security: Mortgage-backed securities are created when the sponsor buys up mortgages from lenders, pools them, and packages them for sale to the public, a process known as securitization. The securities are avai MORE

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