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Most ARM borrowers not worried about making payments

Poll: Costs likely to rise once interest rate resets

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About one in five Americans in the lower 48 states have an adjustable-rate mortgage, and 36 percent say they are concerned that they will not be able to make their monthly payments if their interest rate resets, according to an Associated Press-AOL Real Estate poll. The poll of 2,001 adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii included 289 people who bought a home in the last two years and 401 who said they were likely to buy a home within the next two years. Of those who were planning to buy a house or apartment in the next two years, 35 percent said they would seek an adjustable-rate mortgage. The results of the AP-AOL poll, which was conducted at the end of September, contrasted in some respects with a survey conducted in August for Wells Fargo. The Wells Fargo poll found 14 percent of homeowners held adjustable-rate mortgages, compared with 22 percent of those polled by AP-AOL. In the Wells Fargo poll, 79 percent said they were concerned about the possibility of their inte...