Mortgage & Refinancing Information


Are Biweekly Mortgages Really Worthwhile?


You may have heard people, especially mortgage lenders, extolling the virtues of biweekly payments, saying that you can save thousands of dollars and take 5-7 years off your mortgage--and then offering to set up a biweekly plan for you for as little as $400. But you don't have to spend $400 to begin saving money and time on your mortgage. In fact, you don't have to spend anything at all! You can set up a money-saving mortgage payment plan yourself--easily and at no extra cost.

The key is to look carefully at the fine print in many biweekly plans. You find that even though you'd be making biweekly payments, the lender may only post them to your account on a monthly basis, which means that you wouldn't be saving anything on interest, because mortgage interest is paid in arrears (as opposed to rent payments, which are paid in advance). Your only real savings would be in the fact that you'd be making the equivalent of one extra payment a year. That's a good thing, of course, but you don't need to pay someone $400-500, possible monthly maintenance fees, to be able to accomplish the same results.

Here's how biweekly payments save time and money: By making biweekly payments, you actually end up making an extra monthly payment each year. Over the course of a year, you'd make 26 payments (one every other week for 52 weeks), which is the same as making 13 monthly payments. Making one extra payment per year will shorten the life of your loan and save you thousands of dollars.

But you don't have to make biweekly payments to obtain those savings. Here are a couple examples of how you can save big money, using the same basic idea:

If you get paid every two weeks, divide your monthly principal and interest payment in half and then send your lender a check for that amount during those months in which you receive three paychecks. Just sending in those two extra checks will be the equivalent of one extra payment a year.

If you don't want to send lump checks, you can get the same results by dividing your monthly principal and interest payment by twelve and then adding that extra amount to your payment every month. Normally, that figure won't put too much extra strain on your budget, and it will add an extra mortgage payment to your loan every year.

You really can save significant amounts of money and shorten the life of your loan by making extra payments, but you definitely don't have to pay a lender $400-500 to do it. Making those extra payments is easy to do yourself, and at no extra charge--which is always a good thing.

Copyright © 2005 Jeanette J. Fisher All rights reserved.

Professor Jeanette Fisher is the author of "Doghouse to Dollhouse for Dollars," "Credit Help! Get the Credit You Need to Buy Real Estate," and other books. Real estate financing questions? Visit the new Real Estate Credit Help Center for articles, Credit Tips ezine, and blog: http://www.recredithelp.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Marketplace.org

The home equity loan interest deduction is dead. What does it mean ...
Marketplace.org
Fewer people might take out home equity loans as a result.

and more »


CNBC

Mortgage refinance applications surge 9 percent as rates fall back
CNBC
Total mortgage applications rose 4.7 percent last week, driven by applications to refinance.

and more »


Bankrate.com

4 ways to get the best mortgage refinance rate
Bankrate.com
If you can shave at least one-half of 1 percentage point off your current mortgage rate, it can be worth your while to trade in your existing home loan for a new one. Here are some tips for getting the very best refinance rate. 1. Polish up your credit ...

and more »


Credit Union Times

West Is Best for Credit Union Growth
Credit Union Times
A tight labor market. Employers are having increasing difficulty finding workers, which will be a limiting factor for the economy. A sellers' housing market. The supply of homes in most markets are reaching historic lows and could tighten further as ...



Prospect Financial Group, Inc. Donates to Wells Fargo's Holiday ...
The Daily Telescope
San Diego, CA, December 29, 2017 -- Prospect Financial Group, Inc., a leader in the mortgage refinance industry, was happy to donate this holiday season to Wells Fargo's holiday Food Bank program.Wells Fargo is working with United Way Worldwide to help ...

and more »


HousingWire

Fannie Mae: Lenders expect lower profit margins in 2018
HousingWire
In fact, more lenders reported a decline in mortgage refinance demand over the previous three months, marking the fourth consecutive quarterly drop. “More lenders reported a pullback in refinance demand from the prior quarter than those who saw an ...

and more »


11 Ways to Get the Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rate - NerdWallet
NerdWallet (blog)
In the hunt for the lowest mortgage refinance rate, there are some things you can control and some you can't. Here are 11 things you can do.

and more »


Real Estate Weekly

TRANSACTIONS: Eastern Union Funding arranges $50M medical mortgage; GCP secures $40M for Brownsville building
Real Estate Weekly
A new mortgage in the amount of $7,500,000 on a 96-unit multifamily property located on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The loan features an initial rate of 3.375 percent and a five-year term. Charles Grussgott and Michael Helmreich negotiated this ...



Fidelity 1st Funding Offers Refinance for a Relatively Low Interest ...
Digital Journal
Digital Journal is a digital media news network with thousands of Digital Journalists in 200 countries around the world. Join us!

and more »


Motley Fool

How to Get the Best Mortgage Refinance Rates
Motley Fool
How can you get the best rates when refinancing your mortgage? Follow these steps to get a good deal on a refinance loan. Christy Bieber. (TMFChristyB). Mar 25, 2017 at 7:06AM. Homeowners who refinanced a $200,000 mortgage in the first quarter of 2015 ...

and more »

Google News

home | site map
© 2007