How to Pay Off a Mortgage Quickly

by Keith Evans 06/21/2020

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One of the critical steps involved in looking for a home is the process of negotiating for a mortgage. Many people dread this process because they find out exactly how much money they are going to have to pay each month. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for people to negotiate for more favorable terms. Think about options such as waiving origination fees, reducing points, and asking for a lower interest rate. In the end, most are locked into a mortgage that will last from 15 to 30 years. As the months start to roll by, losing a large chunk of that paycheck will start to get old. Fortunately, there are ways to pay off a mortgage more quickly.

Pay More Each Month

The first option is to pay more than the minimum loan payment each month (or increase the frequency of the payments). Increasing the amount of each payment will ensure that extra dollars are being applied directly to the principal. This will reduce the amount of interest paid over the life of the loan, therefore, allowing for a quicker pay off. 

Refinance the Mortgage

Another option to consider is to refinance the loan with a different lender with more favorable terms. This could all you to secure a pay off date that isn't so far into the future. This is a great idea if interest rates have dropped since the mortgage was first installed. Refinancing at a lower interest rate can help you pay off your mortgage faster but it will likely impact your monthly payments.

Split the Payment in Half

Finally, here is a creative approach that may work for you especially if you collect a paycheck every two weeks. Split your monthly mortgage payment in half. Send payment for that amount to your loan provider every two weeks. This approach allows you to submit one extra monthly mortgage payment each year. This added payment goes directly toward the principal and can cut years off of the life of your loan. Check with your lender they may have options like this that you can enroll in right from origination.

About the Author
Author

Keith Evans

 I am a Sales Vice President with William Raveis Real Estate in their Regional Office and lead a $25M+ mega agent sales team. I have successfully been involved in investing, buying, wholesaling, developing & selling thousands of Connecticut & New York properties for hundreds of millions of dollars. Known as a creditable "field lieutenant", I have a strong history as a leader who "rolls up his sleeves" and knows what it takes to get the job done. I am additionally the founder and Executive Producer of the media company Selling Connecticut, a podcast series that acts as an independent ambassador; promoting the reasons why people choose to live, work, build careers & businesses in this State.

Prior to joining William Raveis, I started a chain of Keller Williams Realty franchises throughout Connecticut and New York, developing and building four market centers with over 700 total sales agents. During my tenure I created many training programs and hosted daily training sessions in each market center.

Before to opening the doors at KW, I was Managing Director and an Equity Partner at Spencer Trask, a venture capital company in NYC. During this period I lead the spun-off 5 businesses from Fortune 10 companies, held 2 board seats of publicly traded companies and was the Corporate Secretary for Flight Safety.

At Realtor.com (Move), I was a founding member and Vice President of Sales. I was responsible for building their direct sales force of 175 sales reps and 14 district mangers. Unique during this period was the development a training seminar sales method that led to hundreds of thousands of real estate agents purchasing individual web pages; which helped the company attain a highly successful $2B IPO.

I have also held executive positions at IBM and Dun & Bradstreet. I hold a BA in Economics and currently reside with my family on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut.

Current real estate broker licensees in Connecticut and New York.