ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 7, 2013—Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) revealed today that they have launched a new flagship Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) offer to systematically address the huge challenges faced by homebuyers. Designed to be the perfect loan for borrowers who want to maximize the value in their home and minimize cash out of pocket expenses at the settlement table, PenFed believes this is the best mortgage offer in the nation.
“This offer is great news in the current economic environment,” said Deborah Ames Naylor, Executive Vice President of Mortgages at PenFed. “Our best mortgage offer just got better. We cannot know exactly how long this offer will last, so we hope that many households take advantage of it right away.”
PenFed’s newest mortgage offer includes the following promotional features:
A COMPETITIVE, LOW PROMOTIONAL RATE: This special offer is available on PenFed’s 5/5 Adjustable rate Mortgage (ARM) for purchase applications and external refinances: Example: For a $400,000 loan amount, the 2.500% initial interest rate and 2.732% APR, at 0.875 points, the 5/5 ARM adjusts only once every five years. Based on current market conditions, the monthly payment schedule would be:
- First 60 payments of approximately $1,580.48 each; and
- Next 300 payments, 2.750% interest rate and 2.732% APR, payments of approximately $1,625.21 each.
This payment example does not include taxes or insurance; and actual payments may be greater. The rate is a variable rate and can increase.
NO CLOSING COSTS1: Available on purchases and external refinances. PenFed now offers its 5/5 ARM with no closing costs. That means PenFed pays any costs involved with closing—including, but not limited to—any appraisal fee, tax service fee, title free, transfer tax, credit report fee, and more. PenFed pays all fees so that a borrower’s house-buying funds go directly toward the value of their home.
For Example: A homebuyer with a $500,000 loan would save nearly $14,000 or more on closing costs. A loan for $750,000 would provide around $20,000 or more in savings. Since closing costs vary according to location, those savings could skyrocket depending on where a borrower buys a home.
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According to Naylor, “It’s not unusual to see a loan request for purchasing property in New York for $1,000,000. Someone facing that kind of loan would save over $27,000 with our 5/5 ARM. You just can’t pass up that kind of savings.”
PENFED COVERS THE FIRST PAYMENT2: PenFed will also cover the 5/5 ARM’s first payment in the form of a closing cost credit. PenFed pays not only the principal, but also the taxes and interest in the first payment. On a $400,000 loan, the first payment could be $1,580 or more.
“Getting into your home should be a thrilling experience,” said Naylor. “We’re covering the first payment so that your only thought is, ‘We did it!’”
GUARANTEE THE CLOSING DATE3: PenFed guarantees its 5/5 ARM will be ready by the closing date of a new purchase. If the closing date is not met, PenFed will pay the borrower $1,000.00.
ASTOUNDING RATE: PenFed believes that features and offers do not mean a thing without a good rate backing it up. The 5/5 ARM offers a 2.5% rate for the first five years. According to BankRate.com as of February 26, 2013, this is .25% lower than the national average on a 5/1 ARM.
LONGER, PREDICTABLE PERIODS: PenFed’s 5/5 ARM can only adjust once every five years, providing a predictable, long-lasting great rate for the homeowner. It can only adjust by 2%—with a lifetime cap of only 5%. That means a borrower starting at the 2.5% rate can be assured that rate will last five years without unpredictable fluctuations due to market conditions.
HOME VALUE OR LOAN SIZE BENEFITS: The PenFed 5/5 ARM benefits apply to any ARM on home purchases or external refinancing, up to $4 million. “Every place is different, and every place prices differently,” said Naylor. “It’s not uncommon for a financial institution to offer a good deal—that is, on a very specific loan size. That is not what we are aiming for with this special offer. We want people to buy the home they want, not the home we want them to buy.”
EARN CREDIT CARD POINT REWARDS4: Individuals who obtain a PenFed 5/5 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) will earn reward points equal to 10% of a mortgage loan with a maximum credit of 100,000 points on their qualifying PenFed rewards credit card. PenFed’s rewards credit cards have market leading rates, benefits and rewards.
“We consider our 5/5 ARM to be our flagship mortgage program. It provides one of the best member value deals ever. Besides, spring is prime time for house buying, so this is the perfect time to get in on our biggest ‘WOW’ mortgage offer of the year. Don’t miss out,” said Naylor. Learn More and Apply Today!
For more information about PenFed and our 5/5 ARM mortgage program, visit PenFed.org or call 800.970.7766.
Established in 1935, PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the United States with over a million members and more than $15 billion in assets. PenFed provides an extensive selection of financial products to its members worldwide. Its core membership includes the Department of Defense, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; Department of Homeland Security personnel, employees or volunteers of the American Red Cross, numerous military associations, and many others. PenFed is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and is an equal housing lender.