Lifestyle Read Time: 4 min

Lots of Variables with Fixed-Rate Mortgages

When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a prospective borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan. Some financial institutions offer 10-year and 20-year, fixed-rate mortgages as well as 15-year and 30-year, fixed-rate home loans.

For the purpose of comparison, this worksheet takes a look at 15-year and 30-year, fixed-rate loans.

The payments on a 30-year mortgage are generally lower than 15-year loans, but their interest rates tend to be higher. The lower payment comes from spreading out the loan over twice as many payments. Because of the longer timeframe, a 30-year mortgage owner pays more in interest payments than a 15-year mortgage holder.

15 Years vs. 30 Years

A 15-year mortgage is paid off twice as quickly as a 30-year mortgage, which may allow the home buyer to build equity at an accelerated rate. The payments on a 15-year loan are higher – but they aren’t usually twice as high – as a 30-year loan.

To get a better idea of the differences, take a few minutes and add some numbers to the accompanying worksheet.

Worksheet

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright FMG Suite.

Share |
 

Related Content

10 Scary Facts About Retirement

10 Scary Facts About Retirement

While you’re exploring the new opportunities the next phase in your life offers, these shocking facts add a healthy dose of reality to your retirement planning.

Problems with Probate

Problems with Probate

Probate can be a completely public process, or it can be managed to include as little information as possible.

Once Upon a Goal

Once Upon a Goal

Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does.

 

Have A Question About This Topic?







Thank you! Oops!

Can Group, Private Disability Policies Work Together?

Loss of income from disability has the potential to cause financial hardship. Disability insurance can help.

A Penny Saved is Two Pennies Earned

Here are some simple and inexpensive energy-saving tips that may help you save money.

Tax-Advantaged Health Care Planning for Retirement

Heading into retirement with confidence is easier if your planning includes steps to minimize taxes, especially as it relates to health care planning.

View all articles

How Much Home Can I Afford?

With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Impact of Taxes and Inflation

Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

View all calculators

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

View all presentations

Once Upon a Goal

Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does.

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.

Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

View all videos