Kalamazoo MI Real Estate Advice: Home Equity can be defined as the value of ownership built up in a home or property that represents the current market value of the house less any remaining mortgage payments. More simply stated it is the amount your house is worth which is greater than what you still owe. The value of your home equity is built up over the years. As your property increases in value and as you pay off more and more of the mortgage, your home equity increases. Equity in your Kalamazoo area home is an asset and a home that is appreciating in value is a great investment.
While some people live with the belief that a mortgage payment is a normal part of life, others have set goals to get their home paid for as soon as possible. Dave Ramsey is a strong proponent of paying off all your debt. Imagine the freedom and security and freedom of living in a house that is completely paid for.
Building equity in your home as quickly as possible require the homeowner to be persistent with one of the following strategies.
GET A SHORTER LOAN TERM WHEN YOU FINANCE YOUR HOME
When the Veenstra Team helps you purchase a home, you can choose to get a shorter term mortgage of 20, 15 or even 10 years. A shorter term mortgage will not only pay off sooner, it will generally have a lower interest rate so it will cost you less in several ways! A recent comparison at Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.04% compared to a 15 year fixed-rate at 3.20%. The fees for the shorter term were even .1% less. The shorter term with the lower rate would have a higher monthly payment but, if you can afford the higher monthly payment you will be saving a significant amount of money over the long run. You might even consider a shorter loan term for your house a forced savings plan.
MAKE ADDITIONAL PRINCIPAL PAYMENTS TO PAY OFF YOUR MORTGAGE SOONER
Additional principal contributions to any length fixed-rate mortgage will save interest, build equity and shorten the term of the loan. Some homeowners may apply lump sums at various times during the year such as when bonuses are paid or a tax refund is received.
We know many home owners in the greater Kalamazoo area that increase their payment by $100, $200 or more each month. If you add the increased amount to your mortgage payment through electronic banking you would be sure that insure that you consistently make the extra amount.
MAKE BI-WEEKLY MORTGAGE PAYMENTS INSTEAD OF MONTHLY PAYMENTS
Bi-weekly payments make 26 half-payments in a year which equals 13 full-payments. Because of the frequency of the payments, it reduces the interest that is due. If you are paid every two weeks, this might work especially well for you.
MAKE ONE EXTRA MORTGAGE PAYMENT A YEAR
Making one extra payment a year will have almost the same effect as a bi-weekly payment. The 13th payment would be completely applied to principal. Whenever we send in an extra payment, we always specify that it is a principal only payment in the memo.
A VERY FEW loans have a pre-payment penalty. Most loans do not carry a pre-payment penalty. When you signed your closing docs, the closing officer probably told you — but you were probably on information overload. So we would suggest that you verify with your lender to make sure your plan complies with their policies.
USE OUR FREE HOME EQUITY ACCELERATOR CALCULATOR
Click here to use our free and easy Equity Accelerator so you can see how one of the loan reduction strategies we talk about above can increase your home equity and help you build wealth by owning your own home.
We would be honored if you would refer your family and friends to the Veenstra Team. Most of our business comes from the personal recommendations of people we have helped buy and sell houses in the past. That is a cornerstone of our real estate business.