Rate-Improvement Mortgage

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Rate-Improvement Mortgage'

A type of fixed-rate mortgage, which contains a clause that entitles the borrower to reduce the fixed-interest-rate charge on the mortgage once, and early in the mortgage. The option will be exercised when interest rates fall lower then the borrowers initial mortgage rate.

There is typically a fee associated with exercising this option, and the initial mortgage might have a higher-than market-interest rate and/or high costs. However, the rate reduction option could save the borrower the costs of refinancing which might be more then the cost of using their rate improvement option.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Rate-Improvement Mortgage'

There is no "free lunch" in the world of finance. A borrower who is told that they are being "given" the option to reduce their interest rate for a minimal fee should be aware that the lender has the true cost of that option priced in the transaction somewhere.

That's not to say the option is not fairly priced and could be valuable to the borrower should interest rates fall. The borrower should simply have a good understanding of the costs, risks and benefits of paying for the option in the initial transaction.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Mortgage

    A debt instrument, secured by the collateral of specified real ...
  2. Option

    A financial derivative that represents a contract sold by one ...
  3. Conversion Option

    A clause associated with some adjustable-rate mortgages that ...
  4. Embedded Option

    A provision in a security that is an inseparable part of the ...
  5. Chattel Mortgage Non-Filing Insurance

    An insurance policy covering losses that result from a policyholder ...
  6. Zombie Foreclosure

    A situation (or a home in this situation) that occurs when a ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between "closed end credit" and a "line of credit?"

    Depending on the need, an individual or business may take out a form of credit that is either open- or closed-ended. While ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. In what instances does a business use closed end credit?

    The most common types of closed-end credit used by both businesses and individuals are mortgages and auto loans. Businesses ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the long-term effects of delinquent accounts?

    Delinquency occurs when borrowers fail to make payments on their loans. All loan borrowers should do their best to avoid ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How was the American Dream impacted by the housing market collapse in 2008?

    The American Dream was seriously damaged by the housing market collapse in 2008. In many ways, the American Dream is a self-fulfilling ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How much risk is associated with subprime mortgages?

    A large amount of risk is associated with subprime mortgages. Since the mortgages are specifically for people who do not ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the financial consequences of filing for bankruptcy?

    The financial consequences of filing for bankruptcy are substantial and can be long-lasting. They include impacts on your ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Credit & Loans

    How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    Find out how to determine whether refinancing will put you ahead or even more behind.
  2. Economics

    How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  3. Options & Futures

    Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  4. Credit & Loans

    Don't Get Trapped in a Zombie Foreclosure

    Understand how foreclosures work and you can avoid the disastrous consequences of having a zombie foreclosure.
  5. Home & Auto

    How the Fed Affects Reverse Mortgages

    An in depth look at how the Federal Reserve affects reverse mortgages.
  6. Home & Auto

    When Is the Best Time for You to Buy a House?

    Making what is likely to be the single most expensive purchase of your lifetime shouldn’t be done on a whim.
  7. Investing

    Where Are Real Estate Stocks Heading?

    We summarize five economic reports that investors should monitor monthly to keep them informed of where real estate and its related stocks are heading.
  8. Home & Auto

    Protect Yourself Against Reverse Mortgage Scams

    You could lose not only money, but also your home, if you fall for these schemes.
  9. Home & Auto

    Find a Reverse Mortgage Lender You Can Trust

    Reverse mortgages are a notorious lending market. Follow these steps and the chances are good you’ll find a trustworthy, competent lender.
  10. Home & Auto

    Do You Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage?

    See whether you meet the age qualifications and other requirements for getting a reverse mortgage.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  2. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  3. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  4. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  5. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
  6. Grandfathered Activities

    Nonbank activities, some of which would normally not be permissible for bank holding companies and foreign banks in the United ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!