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Negative Amortization

Definition of "Negative amortization"

Increase in the outstanding loan balance arising when the mortgage payment does not fully meet the interest charge on the loan. This occurs under indexed loans or when the indexed rate change does not impact the period debt service payments. Lower monthly payments are available with negative amortization loans, and most often, borrowers who take this risk are buying in markets with extremely high prices. many gamble that their home will appreciate enough to cover the difference between their payments and the new loan amount.

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