- The the below-market interest rate that is offered by lenders or credit card companies to gain new business. Offering a below-market interest rate often encourages people to switch credit cards or lenders to save money. Also known as an introductory rate.
introductory rate, limited time rate, special mortgage rates
Related Terms and Acronyms
- Credit Card (CC) — Acronym, Very Important,
➥ A payment card that gives customers access to a revolving line of credit.
- A plastic card with a coded magnetic stripe that, when signed, entitles its bearer to a revolving line of credit, with a credit limit and interest rate determined by the borrower's income and credit report.
- Initial Interest Rate — Definition,
- The introductory interest rate on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), which usually changes at a predetermined time.
- Loan — Definition,
- Letting another party use something of value temporarily.
- Mortgage (mtg) — Abbreviation, Important,
- A mortgage is a contract stipulating a specific real property, typically a residence or building, as collateral for a loan. The mortgage incurs a rate of interest that varies according to term and other features.
- Shared-Appreciation Mortgage (SAM) — Acronym,
- A home loan in which the lender offers a below-market interest rate in exchange for sharing in the profit when the home is sold. Usually done only with private funds/lenders.
- A mortgage loan where the lender or a third-party backer agrees to offer a highly reduced mortgage rate to the borrower in exchange of sharing profits when the property is sold.
- Step-rate Mortgage — Definition, Important,
- A fixed-rate home loan on which payments are lower at the beginning, typically for two years, and which then rise.