Top 5 Costly Financial Mistakes Homeowners Make With their Mortgage!
Which Financial Mistakes are you guilty of?
1. Not consolidating high interest debt into low interest mortgage.
2. Paying “fees” to get the lower rate
3. Not looking at their long term forecast
4. Taking a 5 year rate when 3-4 years can be cheaper
5. Having their mortgage with a lender that has high penalties and restrictive clauses.
Not consolidating high interest credit or vehicle loans into their mortgage.
I hear this often “I don’t want to use the equity in my home” or “I can pay it off”. This is probably one of the biggest financial mistakes clients make. Many times when people end up with debts it is due to inefficient budgeting and understanding what your income is vs your debt payments are. There are many folks where making their minimum monthly payment is the driving factor in their monthly budget. Making minimum payments can take you YEARS to pay off and soon after people get mortgages, they are buying that new car at 0% interest and $600 month payments, then the roof or hot water tank goes and they put another $15,000 on credit, then someone gets laid off and boom…can’t make all the payments on all those debts that it took a 2 income family to make. It’s a true reality. Let’s look at an example:
Paying Fees to get the lower rate.
Dear rate chasers…they catch up with you somewhere. Nothing comes for free. Let’s face it, you go to the bank and their goal is to make money! A lender that offers you a 4.49% with a $2500 vs a 4.64% with no fee and you think “yes, score what a great rate!” Hold your coins… as you could be walking away poorer as the banker didn’t run the bottom line numbers for you. Chasing rates can cost you more money in the long run.
Your $500,000 mortgage was offered with two rates for the business for self guy who needed a mortgage where they didn’t look at the income so much: 4.49% and $2500 fee and $4.64% no fee. Lets see what it really looks like for a 2 year mortgage.
$502,500 (built in the $2500 fee) 4.49% – payments $2778 per month – $479,563 owing in 2 years
Total payments: $66,672
$500,000 (no fee) 4.64% – payments $2806 per month – $477,634 owing in 2 years
Total payments: $67,344.
Wait? So by taking the lower rate with the fee means I owe $1929 MORE in 2 years and only saved $672 in overall payments?
The long term financial planning side.
I counsel many of my clients to take 2-3 year year terms for a variety of reasons.
- Better Rates
- Lower Payments
- Capitalizing on the equity in your home to pay off a car loan or upcoming wedding. Did you know the average homeowner refinances every 3 years?
Taking a 5 year when 3 and 4 year rates might be a better option.
Many times the 2-4 year rates can be significantly lower than the 5 year rates. Remember, the bank wants money and the longer you take the term, the more they make. True, many folks prefer or fit the 5 year terms, but many don’t. Worrying about where rates will be in 3-5 years from now should be a question, but not always the guiding factor in you “today” budget. Here is an example of a $450,000 mortgage and what the difference in what you will owe on a 3 year term.
2.34% – payments are $990 every two weeks = $402,578 owing in 3 years
2.59% – payments are $1018 ever two weeks = $403,604 owing in 3 years.
Your paying $28 MORE every two weeks ($2184 total) and owe $1026 MORE in 3 years. Total LOSS $3210! Planning is key. Stop giving away your hard earned money!
Mortgage monster is in the penalties you pay when you fail to plan.
Since many families today are getting in with 5-10% as their down payment. If you got your mortgage with many of the traditional banks, your current mortgage is $403,750, and you need to break your mortgage early your potential penalty could be $12,672! Going with a mortgage broker who can put you with a lender that has a similar rate your penalty would be significantly different – almost $10,000 dollars different!