Fixed-rate mortgages protect you against rising rates since the interest rate remains the same for the entire term of the loan. Plus, you have the flexibility of selecting a 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30-year term (depending on the loan type). The main difference is the lower term options have higher monthly payments, which also means you are building home equity faster. Keep in mind you can use equity as a down payment for a new home if you sell your existing home or take out equity with a cash-out refinance.
If you plan on staying in your home for a longer time frame, a fixed-rate mortgage could be the right solution for you since this option features:
*This does not constitute tax advice. Please consult a tax advisor regarding your specific situation.