You will need to make some decisions when applying for a home mortgage. The mortgage, whether it is to purchase a home or to refinance your existing loan, will be for a certain period of time. Your loan term is just another way of saying the length of the repayment period, expressed in years. A 30 year fixed mortgage has a 30 year term, so it will be paid off in 30 years if you make the regular scheduled monthly payments.
If you choose a longer loan term, but make payments for a shorter term, the loan will behave exactly as if you had chosen the shorter term in the first place. You can choose your loan as a 30 year fixed mortgage and make 15 year payments and it will pay off in 15 years. One reason someone may do this is because the shorter term payments are higher and if they run into a financial challenge for a month or more, may choose to pay the lower scheduled amount until they are back on their feet.
The pros and cons will remain the same no matter which term you choose. The benefits of a shorter term loan are:
• Shorter term loans typically have more favorable rates/fees than longer term options
• Shorter term loans force people to put more money towards principal
• Shorter term loans typically have more favorable mortgage insurance premiums in the case of a loan exceeding an 80% loan to value
• The interest paid benefit is huge over a longer term loan
The benefits of a longer term loan are:
• Lower payments than shorter term loans
• There is more flexibility than shorter term loans as far as payment options
• Easier to qualify for as far as the income debt to income requirements for a loan
For most borrowers, the decision comes down to getting more favorable terms for a shorter term mortgage versus lower payments for longer term loans.
Other than the typical 30 or 15 year options, there are also 10, 20 and 25 year options to explore. Contact your mortgage professional to discuss all the options. You may also use my mortgage calculator app from your mobile device to determine your monthly payments.
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