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Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

May 09, 2023

We all know there are various tactics for building long-term wealth. Paying off your mortgage early may be an option for some. However, focusing on investing money or paying off other debts first could be more beneficial than early repayment of a mortgage. Ultimately, what’s right for you depends on your personal finances and unique situation.

When Early Mortgage Repayment Might Be Beneficial

If you have a good emergency fund.
The most common recommendation is to have an emergency fund that covers 3-6 months of living expenses. If you have this covered, you might be ready to focus on your mortgage.

If you don’t have other large expenses planned.
If you have emergency funds saved up and you’re not expecting any additional large expenses, this could be a good time to work on early repayment.

If you’ve funded your passions and dreams.
If you’ve already funded your dreams for travel, goals for a grandchild’s education, or other passions, early repayment might be a good strategy for you.

When Making Minimum Monthly Payments Makes Sense

If you have other long-term debt to worry about.
Credit card debt, car loans, student loans, etc. tend to have higher interest rates. In most cases, it’s more beneficial to pay off other debts first, then focus on your mortgage.

If you have a prepayment penalty.
This probably goes without saying, but it’s generally ideal not to incur penalty fees when you can avoid them.

4 Strategies for Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

In case you decide that early repayment could be beneficial for you, here are a few possible strategies for paying off your mortgage early.

  1. Switch to a biweekly half payment schedule. Splitting your regular monthly payment into biweekly half payments will bring your total number of mortgage payments to 13 instead of the standard 12 per year. 
  2. Commit to making one extra payment a year. A single extra payment a year can help you pay off your mortgage up to 4 years early.
  3. Make lump-sum payments when you can. Lump-sum payments are typically made possible when you get an influx of cash. Remember to check with your loan servicer on how this is done.
  4. Refinance to a shorter loan. This can help you save money on interest without worrying about penalties or scheduling extra payments.

While paying off a mortgage early may not be the ideal option for everyone, it’s a strong strategy to consider if it fits your unique circumstances. Call the office to discuss your mortgage repayment options or other long-term financial strategies.

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