Going Mortgage Free
Refinance your home mortgage.
Refinance to a lower rate or to a 15-year loan instead of a 30-year loan. This way you only pay a few extra hundred dollars per month but you will save yourself much more than that in total interest.
For example: A $200,000 mortgage on a 30-year loan will cost you another $186,500 in interest payments, so you are actually paying a total of $386,500 over the course of 30 years. On the other hand, if you are willing to pay a few extra hundred dollars a month (for example, $350) by refinancing to a 15-year loan (usually at a lower interest rate), you could pay your mortgage off in only 15 years, and the best part is you would save yourself a whopping $123,700 in interest. That’s money in your pocket. Talk to a loan officer about your options.