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Unlock the Mystery of Payment Frequency!!!
Very often there is a confusion on mortgage payment frequency as to which one is better on mortgage savings? There are several payment frequency such as monthly payment, semi-monthly payment, bi-weekly payment, weekly payment and then accelerated bi-weekly payment and accelerated weekly payment. To understand all of these various options of payment frequency, let's consider a mortgage of $400,000 with an average rate of 4.00% and 30 yr amortization.
* Mortgage Savings is compared with Monthly payment frequency as baseline.
What is the difference between Regular Payment and Accelerated Payment?
To get a regular bi-weekly payment, the monthly payment of $1902.07 is multiplied by 12 to get the true annual payment of $22,824.84. Then the annual payment is divided by 26 payment period per year to get a regular bi-weekly payment of $877.88. Thus with regular bi-weekly payment the amount you pay annually is still the same as that of monthly payment and you are not changing anything.
To get an accelerated bi-weekly payment, the monthly payment of $1902.07 is simply divided by 2 to get accelerated bi-weekly payment of $951.035. Thus with accelerated bi-weekly payment the amount you pay annually is $24,726.91 which is an extra monthly payment of $1902.07 towards principal every year. So when the year is done on a Accelerated payment you have paid equal to 13 months payments over a 12 month period. This is equivalent to 8.33% of extra monthly payment made towards principal which can save yourself close to 4 years of payment over life of mortgage.
Lets see this from a bigger picture and understand the truth about a mortgage savings. With regular bi-weekly payment, the total interest paid over 30 years is $283,580. Going with accelerated bi-weekly payment the total interest paid for same mortgage is $239,884. Thus, simply changing payment frequency to "Accelerated" payment will shorten the mortgage life by 4 years and save you mortgage interest of $43,696.
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