Should You Pre-Pay Your Mortgage?

Maybe you got a big pay bump at work, or a family member has gifted you a large chunk of change. Whatever the reason, you’re suddenly able to pre-pay your mortgage—this means paying it off before your allotted time is up (say, 30 years).

Pre-Paying Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Prepaying Your MortgageWhen you pre-pay your mortgage, you nearly always win big. Not only are you out of debt faster, but you get to save thousands of dollars by avoiding years of interest.

Pre-payment also works gradually, say if you make two payments a month instead of one, or a larger monthly payment than required. Over time, these additional payments add up and you pay down your debt faster.

Of course, the total savings potential will also depend on how long you plan to live in your home. If you expect to move in the near future, do not expect to reap savings as large as those gained by people who pay ahead of schedule until they own their home free and clear.

But Check Your Loan Terms for Penalties

However, take note: Each mortgage has specific terms describing how and when pre-payment may occur. Some lenders impose a penalty if you repay the loan too soon—however, these penalties are often less than you would pay in interest if you let the loan run full term, so do your research.

Talk with a Professional First

talking about buying a homeIf you’re shopping for a loan and think you may be able to pay the mortgage off faster than noted, talk to your lender about possible pre-pay penalties so you know what you’re getting into.

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