The shorter the term of the loan, the less interest you pay, and the sooner you pay it off.
So, why not apply for and obtain the shortest-term loan possible?
This makes good sense if you are comfortable with the payment.
Let’s take a look at the following 3 scenarios, a 30-year fixed, 15-year fixed, and a 30-year fixed paid over 15 years.
|Type of Mortgage||Interest Rate||Loan Amount||Monthly Payment||Interest Paid|
|30 Year Fixed Rate||4.0%||300,000||$1,432.25||$215,607.20|
|15 Year Fixed Rate||3.5%||300,000||$2,144.65||$86,036.45|
|30 Tear Paid Over 15 Years||4.0%||300,000||$2,219.06||$99,431.74|
The rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage is typically lower than a 30-year fixed mortgage. As you can see, you would pay less interest over the life of the loan with a 15-year fixed mortgage, but you would have to pay $712.40 more per month than a 30-year fixed; this could be a pretty heavy payment, especially around the holiday season.
The third option is a nice compromise, where you are obligated to pay the lower 30-year fixed payment, but you can pay more principal per month to pay it like a 15-year fixed. The amount of interest paid over the life of the loan is a little more than the 15-year fixed, but you have the option of the lower payment, which can work nicely over the holidays or months where you are short on cash.
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