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The final, large payment a loan whereby the property owner makes only small payments for a set period of time (often five, seven or 10 years). At the end of the term, the owner repays the bullet, which is the entire principal and interest at once. For example, during the 2000s real estate bubble, balloon mortgages were common; homeowners made only interest payments followed by a bullet for the entire principal of the mortgage's maturity. Loans with bullets may be useful if the owner expects interest rates to be low at the end of the term and he/she can simply refinance the loans. However, there is a high risk of default because not all owners have the cash to repay the loan at one given time.