Your mortgage: you only think about it once a month (if you’re on autopay, maybe not even that often).
Like all aspects of your big-picture financial planning, keeping an eye on your mortgage can be an extra wealth-building move. I can point to three reasons why re-evaluating your Bainbridge Island mortgage could pay dividends:
Down, Down, Down…
With interest rates continually making headlines, this one might be a no-brainer. But some don’t realize just how attainable significant savings may be: a drop of just a single percentage point in the Bainbridge Island mortgage rate can make a gigantic difference. A general rule of thumb is that if you can lower your interest rate by a percent or more, it usually makes sense to refinance. It’s certainly worth looking into.
Pay More Sooner (Build Wealth Quicker)
Nobody wants to part with more hard-earned cash than necessary, but extra money out now can wind up saving a lot later. Making just one extra payment a year will have you owning your home free and clear sooner! Sound too painful? It needn’t. See if you can set up bi-weekly payments of half your monthly mortgage amount. You'll be making 26 payments annually: the equivalent of 13 monthly payments! Confirm with your lender that the extra payments go toward principal.
Eye That Equity
If you’ve got a PMI payment, you know that extra insurance doesn’t come cheap. So why make the extra payment a single month longer than necessary? By law, your lender is required to stop charging you PMI after you accrue 22% equity in your home. But in many cases, once you hit 20% equity, simply writing a letter to your lender will prompt them to allow you to stop paying PMI then and there.
For most of us, our home on Bainbridge Island is one of the largest investments we’ll ever make. Got a real estate question? I’m here all the time to supply you with friendly help and advice!