Savings from an Early Payoff
Paying off a home mortgage early could be a smart decision for many borrowers. It can save thousands of dollars in interest and gives more opportunity for financial freedom. Homeowners may choose to save the extra money, make investments or put it into retirement plans.
There are several reasons to consider paying off a mortgage early. For instance, the interest saved on a 30-year mortgage for a $120,000 home could easily be $170,000! Without that monthly payment, there would be an increase in monthly cash flow – money that could then be used in an investment or deposited into a savings account. Just the peace of mind that comes from owning a home free and clear – not owing anyone anything is priceless!
If paying off a mortgage early is a goal – continue reading to learn how it can be accomplished.
How to Pay Down Your Mortgage Early
Simply paying a little more towards the principal each month will allow the borrower to pay off the mortgage early. Just paying an additional $100 per month towards the principal of the mortgage reduces the number of months of the payments! A 30 year mortgage (360 months) can be reduced to about 24 years (279 months) – this represents a savings of 6 years! There are several ways to find that extra $100 per month – taking on a part time job, cutting back on eating out, giving up that extra cup of coffee each day, or perhaps some other unique plan. Consider the possibilities; it may be surprising how easily this can be accomplished!
Mortgage companies require PMI (private mortgage insurance) when the borrower does not have 20% or more for a down payment. It is protection for the lender in case the borrower defaults on the loan. So, if a home was purchased with less than a 20% down payment, the bank is probably charging PMI. However, once the borrower owns 20% of the home, this charge could be eliminated.
Still think you don’t have an extra $100 per month to pay on the principle? Some banks are offering to set up automatic payments. They will take a payment for half of your regular mortgage payment, from your checking account every other week and apply it to the mortgage payment. Because some months have five weeks, in one year, you end up making an extra payment – thirteen payments instead of twelve. For banks that do not have this service, there are third party companies that will process the payment. They will charge a start up fee and then a transaction fee for each payment.
Extra payments may also be made by check. “Apply to Principle” would need to be written in the check memo to insure that the extra money is applied to the principle.
Money Merge Accounts
Money Merge Accounts can rapidly reduce the principal of the mortgage. They can practically eliminate the amount of the interest that accrues on the loan. A 30 year mortgage could be paid off in 1/3 to ½ the time. Without refinancing the existing mortgage or changing the lifestyle of the homeowner!
Here’s how it works:
1. Deposit the Paycheck
The paycheck is deposited into the current checking/savings account. Once the funds are clear, an amount designated by the homeowner is transferred out of the checking or savings account into the Money Merge Account managed line of credit. This line of credit is connected to the home, so the money transferred out of the checking or savings account decreased the mortgage balance and reduces the balance which builds the interest.
2. Pay the Bills
During the month, the bills are paid using the Money Merge Account. Through this account, money is available immediately through ATMs, checks and debit cards. Any remaining money left after the payment of bills, remains in the account against the balance of the mortgage until it is needed. So the mortgage balance is kept quite low, which further reduces the mortgage interest charge.
3. Follow the System
By following the prompting of the online Money Merge Account system offered by the bank will not only allow the maximum in savings but allow the mortgage to be paid off as fast as possible.
The Money Merge Account allows the homeowner to use their income and savings to both reduce the loan balance and minimize the interest payments. That means because more money goes towards the principal balance each month, the mortgage can be paid years earlier and save thousands of dollars in interest. The Money Merge Account can also be used for other debts such as personal loans, overdrafts and credit card balances – which mean less interest on all debts.
However, Money Merge Accounts are not for everyone. The products would ultimately be costly for the financially disciplined family looking for increased safety and a good rate of return.
Losing the Benefits of Interest Deductions
Before deciding to pay off a mortgage early, it would be a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. The interest charged on a loan used to purchase or improve the principal residence can be used as a deduction on taxes in the year that it is paid. Because most of the monthly payments in the early years of a loan are interest, this can really add up. A homeowner in the 28% federal tax bracket could effectively lower their borrowing cost by nearly a third, depending of course, on which state they live in. This subsidy to homeowners is a very popular deduction. However, the benefit would be lost if the mortgage is paid off early.