Many financial planners will agree that one of the best financial strategies available to homeowners is to pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible and eliminate years of paying unnecessary interest. Here are a few strategies to help you cut years off your mortgage:
- Shop around – When your mortgage comes up for renewal, you aren’t limited to using the same lender. Take a look at what other financial institutions or mortgage brokers have to offer. You can start your search on my Service Provider Directory where you’ll find trusted professionals with whom I have personally worked. Or, you can search for a licensed mortgage professional in your area on the Financial Services Commission of Ontario’s website here.
- Consider all your options – When evaluating mortgages, remember there are other factors that can have an impact on cost in addition to the interest rate. The opportunity to make supplementary payments against the principal has significant value. Penalties for early termination can also have an impact on how quickly you can retire your mortgage debt.
- Make payments as frequently as possible – Most lenders will allow you to change the frequency of your payments during the term of an existing mortgage. Speak to your lender and choose the most frequent schedule of payments available to you. Choosing weekly payments versus monthly can literally save you thousands of dollars and help you pay off your mortgage years earlier.
- Generate additional income from your property – Renting out a portion of your property to earn income is a time-honoured practice that still holds true today. Sacrificing some living space in the early years of your mortgage can ‘jump start’ your payment schedule. Lump sum payments applied directly to your principal early in your mortgage term will make a major impact on paying off your home quickly and achieving financial independence.
There are other financial strategies to help you retire your mortgage in record time. Contact your Coldwell Banker real estate professional and get the benefit of their expert advice. There’s no obligation to you, and it could just be the best phone call you’ll ever make!