Most people think they’ll have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives, but it doesn’t have to be that way with a plan and a little discipline. If you make additional principal contributions to a fixed rate mortgage this can shorten the term and save tens of thousands in interest.
If a person were to make an additional $100 payment each month applied to principal on a $175,000 mortgage, it would shorten the loan by five years six months. If the person were to make $200 a month additional payments, it would shorten the loan by 9 years. $459 additional payment would shorten it to 15 years.
If a person does make a decision to regularly pre-pay their mortgage, it will be their responsibility to verify that the lender is applying the money to the principal each time as opposed to being placed in the reserve account for taxes and insurance.
In today’s market, a savings account pays around 0.5% or less. Even with the low mortgage rates available, there is still a considerable savings. People who might need the funds in the future should carefully consider this option due to the difficulty to access equity easily from one’s home.
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