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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...

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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....

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