Easy Ways to Repay Your Home Loan Early and Free Up Cash for Family Adventures

Most home buyers take out a mortgage to help finance buying a home. As a result, many homeowners are faced with a monthly mortgage payment during the time they are raising their children or sending them off to college. What if a way existed to pay off your home loan early in order to free up the money for the kind of adventures every family longs to have? Fortunately, a few strategies do exist that can help you to shave years off your mortgage term. All you need to do is incorporate as many of them as you can into your life to create the kind of impact you are looking to achieve. Here's a look at several easy ways to pay your mortgage off early.

Round Up Your Monthly Payment

Instead of paying the exact amount of your monthly payment, you can round up to the next even number. For example, if your monthly mortgage payment is supposed to be $1425, you can pay $1500. While this additional $75 may not seem like it is going to make a difference, it does. Plus, you probably won't even miss this small sum of money from your take-home pay

Put Your Bank Account Interest Toward Your Mortgage

If you have savings accounts at a local bank or credit union, you may want to consider putting the interest that you've earned toward your home loan. You have the option to do this at your discretion. However, if your money is tied into CDs, then you'll have to wait until the CD comes due. You won't miss this money because it isn't included in your take-home pay. Plus, it can help to whittle down the balance on your mortgage, especially when you combine it with other strategies.

Take Unexpected Financial Bonuses and Put Them Toward Your Mortgage

One way to pay down your mortgage debt is to take any unexpected monetary bonuses and put them toward the balance of your home loan. You can use lottery winnings, holiday bonuses, gifts of cash, inheritances, and tax refunds to decrease the amount of money you still owe on your mortgage.

Refinance Your Home Loan

Not everyone can save money by refinancing a mortgage. Evaluate the cost to do so and weigh it against potential savings on the debt. If you can save more money than you spend, refinancing provides an excellent option when you are looking to save money on your mortgage. Ideally, you can select a shorter term that allows you to shave years off your home loan. Alternatively, your monthly payments decrease, allowing you to put more money toward the  balance of your loan

Paying off your mortgage early can save you thousands of dollars in interest fees. Not only does this strategy help free up cash for family vacations, college, and special events, but it also helps you to avoid paying a lot more for your home than it is worth. Before you begin, you should talk to your lender and find out whether or not any penalties exist for early loan repayment.

If no penalties exist, you can move forward with your plan to pay off your mortgage early. Simply take the time to figure out which strategies are going to be the easiest to incorporate into your life and start paying down your mortgage now. Not only do you lower the balance on the payoff number, but you also lower the total amount of interest paid on your home loan.


What is the Difference Between a Home Equity Loan and Refinancing?

Though most people believe that their home is a great place to live, others see the value in owning a home. It can be a great investment. However, if you are strapped for cash, it can be a source of ready cash.

You may decide to look into a loan so you can get some cash easily, with a home equity loan or a cash-out refinance loan, though you may just want to refinance your home (to make your payments more bearable.) You need to do your research before you decide how you want to proceed.

What is a Home Equity Loan?

A home equity loan should be looked at as a second mortgage. If you need to borrow money to update your house or do some renovations, you may want to look into a home equity loan. You may also find it helpful if you want to pay off some of your debt (credit cards, car loan, etc.)

To see if you are eligible for a home equity loan, you need to see if you owe less on the home than it is worth. Even if it isn't close to being paid off, you may have a few thousand dollars of home equity.

So, Why Would You Want a Home Equity Loan?

Most people choose home equity loans because you can often get a very low-interest rate on them. It might be cheaper to get a home equity loan for your next car than going through the dealership. If you are paying off high-interest credit cards, three or four percent interest is a lot better. You may actually be able to pay it off sooner than you thought.

What Does It Mean to Refinance Your Home?

When you go to refinance your home, you are just going to pay off one loan with another. You are taking out a new mortgage loan, to cover your old one.

So, Why Would You Refinance Your Home?

There are several reasons why someone would want to refinance their home.

To make the payments easier. If you are able to get a better interest rate, you could really drop your monthly payments.

To change the terms of the loan. Other people decide that, instead of a thirty-year loan, they want to pay it off sooner. You can refinance your home into a new fifteen-year loan. Your monthly payments should be similar, though you will be able to pay your home off sooner, saving you some interest.

What is a Cash-Out Refinance?

For those people who want to refinance their home, but they also need cash, many lenders also offer a cash-out refinance loan. This allows you to refinance your mortgage and get some cash for different reasons. Your cash-out refinance loan will be more than your current mortgage, so that you can have some money to take care of different things.

So, Why Would You Do a Cash-Out Refinance Loan?

There are a few reasons why you might want to get one of these loans.

You can pay off your current mortgage (though you will have a new one)

You might be able to pay your home off quicker (or decrease your monthly payments)

You have some extra cash to help you pay off debts, do some house renovations, or even buy a large item (such as a car).

You only have one payment every month, instead of a mortgage, second mortgage, loans, and credit card bills.

How Should You Choose?

The best way to decide which is best for you is to speak to a professional. He or she can talk to you about your options and what your payments are going to look like so that you can make an informed decision that is going to work best for you.

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