Monday, December 12, 2011

Should you Choose a 15 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage in Oklahoma

If you have been looking into buying a home or refinancing your current Mortgage in Oklahoma, you may have heard the term “15-year Mortgage” thrown around. While most Home Loans in Oklahoma are paid back over the course of 30 years, for those with the financial ability and budgeting skills, a 15-year fixed rate mortgage may be a much better option in the long run.

A 15-year loan is just what it sounds like: a home loan that must be repaid back within a 15 year period. It has a interest rate that is fixed throughout the course of the loan. Because it has to be repaid twice as fast as a 30-year mortgage, the monthly payments will be greater on a 15-year loan.

While this may sound too expensive for you to afford, you should realize that because the loan is shorter, you will be able to obtain a lower interest rate on the 15-year mortgage than you would on a 30-year mortgage in Oklahoma. This means you will pay less interest over the life of the loan since the term is shorter and because of the lower rate. This lower rate may help offset the higher monthly mortgage cost, but in most cases even with the rate decrees the monthly payment on the 15 years is higher.

For example, let’s compare the difference in payments and interest between a 30-year $100,000 fixed rate loan at 4.5% and a 15-year $100,000 fixed rate loan at 3.875%. For the 30-year loan, your monthly payment would be $506.94. You would pay $733.44 a month with a 15-year loan. In terms of interest over the course of the loan, with the 30-year loan you would end up paying $82,404, whereas you would only pay $32,192 in interest with a 15-year loan. That is a savings of $50,212!

Plus you would own your home free and clear at the end of those 15 years. Can you imagine the freedom? What would it be like to have no more monthly mortgage payments? For some, the savings benefit is definitely worth the higher monthly payment.

Consider another benefit: With a fifteen-year Oklahoma mortgage loan you will be building the home equity much quicker than you would with a 30-year loan. This is because your initial payments go mostly to interest, but because the interest on a 15-year loan is so much lower and the payments you are making are greater, more of your money goes toward paying down the principal balance thus increasing your equity. If you decide to sell the house before your fifteen years are up, you will have more equity to put towards your next purchase.

Perhaps you might think that you could do just as well by taking out a 30-year mortgage and making an additional $225 payment to principle each month. This is an option to consider for borrowers that don’t want to be obligated to make a higher payment each month. While this option won’t give you the ability to pay off the loan in exactly 15 years it will get you close, in most cases the home would be paid off in 17 to18 years if you followed the extra payment schedule for the life of the loan. But doing it this will not get you a lower interest rate, and the savings won’t be as significant over the life of the loan.

If you think this Oklahoma mortgage program sounds like a good fit for your needs, talk with a mortgage professional to discuss your options. For as much as you would save, it is definitely worth exploring!

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