It pays to pay down your mortgage faster
by Denis Doucet
What you’ll learn
- Reimburse your mortgage faster
- Reduce the duration of your mortgage loan
Boost your payments
Double-up, increase payments, anniversary payments are all viable avenues you can use to accelerate your payments to repay your loan term and balance. Increasing your mortgage payments, even slightly, over a few years can save you thousands of dollars in interest costs. What’s more, by doing so you will reduce the amortization period of your mortgage loan as well.
You can benefit from a number of options that let you pay down your mortgage faster and reduce interest costs. Here are a number of examples:
Increasing your monthly payment
Angela has a mortgage of $150,000 amortized over 25 years with a fixed rate of 5.45% for 5 years. Her minimum monthly payment is $911. Let’s see how much Angela can save if see increases her monthly payment by only $50 a month.
|Monthly payment of $911||Monthly payment of $961|
|Number of years to repay loan||25||22.5|
Increasing your frequency of payments
Chris has a mortgage of $150,000 amortized over 25 years with a fixed rate of 6.45% for the entire amortization period. His monthly payment is $1,000. Let’s see how much Chris would save if he accelerated the amount of payments over the course of a year.
|Number of payments per year||Amount of payments||Total amount of payments per year||Interest savings|
Prepayments are a one-time lump sum payment you make in addition to your regular mortgage payments during the amortization period. There’s usually a maximum percentage you can prepay and specific conditions applicable to this option, so please check your mortgage agreement for full details.
Josy has a mortgage of $150,000 amortized over 25 years and its annual limit of prepayment is 10% or $15,000.
|During the term of the mortgage||No prepayment||Prepayment (beginning of the second year)|
|Lump sum prepayment||–||$15,000|
|Total amount paid||$273,368||$240,168|
|Total years it would take to pay back mortgage loan||25||20.7|
- Increasing your payment frequency can make you save thousands in interests
- The lump sum capital payments can help you pay your mortgage faster but you must respect certain lender’s conditions
- Increasing your monthly payment amounts while reduce the duration of your loan and save you interest