Deferred payments on your mortgage or credit card? How to handle the strain when payments restart this fall + MORE Jul 28th
We’ve all heard of buyer’s remorse. That’s when you make a purchase, only to regret spending the money days or weeks later. I’m seeing a lot of people second-guessing their mortgage decision recently. And I have news for you… RELAX! There is a way to check to and see if you made the right choice, and better still, there is a way to see if you can do better today.
It’s called getting a Mortgage Review. I go through this process with every new client and with existing clients at least once per year. We compare existing rates, debts and balances against current rates, products and costs…
Your mortgage is a long financial commitment. It makes sense to want to get rid of it as soon as possible. But if you pay off your mortgage early, your lender loses out on the interest on that debt. That’s why borrowers often have to pay a prepayment penalty when you pay down more of the mortgage than is permitted in your mortgage contract, or pay out the mortgage outright.
You may have some prepayment privileges in your mortgage agreement. Most lenders typically allow you to make annual lump sum payments of 10% to 20% and increase your monthly payments by the same amount. Your rights depend on the flexibility of the contract. Here’s what to think about — plus a handy calculator to help you determine what kind of penalty you might face.
What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Mortgages?
Typically, a closed mortgage can be locked in at a lower interest rate, but you can’t make additional payments outside of what is contractually permitted. An open mortgage, on the other hand, allows you more flexibility to repay the debt whenever you like, but often entails higher interest rates…