Daniel Bortz is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. who specializes in writing about personal finance. His work has been published by AARP The Magazine, CNNMoney.com, Fast Company, Fortune, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Realtor.com, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, Trulia, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Zillow.
He’s also a licensed real estate agent who watches way too much HGTV.
You can purchase a home with virtually anyone, including a friend — or several friends. But blending friendship and homeownership has benefits and drawbacks, and it entails taking a unique set of steps to qualify for a mortgage.
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a home loan that offers a low interest rate for a pre-set period, typically anywhere from 3 to 10 years. When that period is finished the loan’s rate adjusts based on changes in overall interest rates — though in most cases, “adjusts” means the rate increases.