Should you get a fixed-rate or variable mortgage? In these strange times, fixed has a rare edge Nov 23rd
Mortgage principal: $572,000
Weekly payments: $746.00
Interest rate: 3.78% fixed and locked in until December 2023
Penalty fee for breaking mortgage: $33,000
If we decide to pay the penalty, we could lock into a four-year mortgage at 1.74% fixed, which looks like it would save us approximately $2,500 to $3,000 worth of interest payments.
Here’s where I think it gets interesting. If we decide to continue paying the same weekly amount of $750 that we do now, and put the extra money towards principal, the difference between that at the new weekly mortgage payment of $570 would be $175—giving us $8,400 per year to put directly towards principal. Over four years, that should allow us to reduce our principal by $33,600.
It seems like if we should consider breaking our mortgage to take advantage of the lower rate…