Friday, November 10, 2017

Understanding the Mortgage Payment Process

When you purchase a home, unless you're one of the lucky few that can afford to pay cash, you're going to need to take out a home loan. Your mortgage lender at the Lake of the Ozarks will discuss your options with you, offer competitive interest rates and eventually settle on a monthly mortgage payment. While many people pay their mortgage every month, not everyone understands how that payment process works. Keep reading to learn about amortization and how paying off your mortgage works.

How Mortgage Loans Are Paid Back 

Mortgage loans are paid off through what is known as a "mortgage amortization process." Over the life of the loan, each payment is first applied to the interest accrued during the current payment period, and then to reducing the outstanding principle amount. With this payment schedule, after 30-years, you'd end up paying close to double your initial mortgaged amount. What looks and seems like a low rate could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of thirty years. Therefore, if you're financially capable, you might consider paying off your mortgage faster. Talk to your trusted Lake of the Ozarks mortgage lender to see if there are any penalties for paying off your mortgage early.

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Faster?

Who wouldn't want to pay off their mortgage faster? Living a debt-free lifestyle is something many Americans strive for. However, it's not always possible for everyone. The question shouldn't be, "do I want to pay off my mortgage faster," but rather, "can I pay off my mortgage faster?" Do you have the financial ability to set aside more money for a larger mortgage payment each month? Keep in mind that your mortgage likely has a lower interest rate than other debts such as credit cards. Determine what the best use of your money is before choosing to pay off your mortgage faster. Paying off your mortgage faster also has tax implications on your mortgage deduction. For advice on how to pay off your mortgage faster, check out our previous blog titled, "How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster."

If you don't currently have a mortgage you're working to pay off, but are considering purchasing a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, give me a call at 573-746-7211. Together, we will discuss your options, I'll offer competitive interest rates and back it up with the first class service you deserve. With my help, you'll be in your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks in no time!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211

**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

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