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Monday, February 4, 2008

Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster – Part 2

Paying Off Your Mortgage


Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster – Part 2

Last week we noted that homeowners have much to gain by paying off their mortgage as quickly as possible. By paying down extra principal in the early years of a mortgage, you can dramatically lower the interest you’ll pay throughout the life of the mortgage. Here are some additional tips on how to make this happen:

5. Make use of double-up privileges wherever possible
Tell yourself that you will "skip-a-payment" whenever necessary... then skip only when you absolutely must.

6. Round your payments up
By adding even a nominal amount of say, $10 per payment, the amount of interest you are saving will be unbelievable, and the extra money is relatively painless to part with.

7. Pay a lump sum whenever possible
By decreasing the principal of the mortgage, your payments will not be allocated as much to interest, thereby accelerating the end of your mortgage.

8. Keep payments the same when mortgage rates have fallen
If the payment amount has not been a problem so far, then keep it the same, thereby paying down the principal faster.

9. Raise payments in line with increased income on an after-tax basis
If your income increases, don't keep your mortgage payments the same. Although the disposable income may be fun to spend on unnecessary luxuries in the short-term, the long-term benefits of being mortgage free faster a far outweighs the short-term sacrifice.


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