Fixed Rate Mortgages

The monthly payments for 30 year or 15 year fixed mortgages are the main considerations for many people who are looking to buy a home. Many people wait until they are older before taking on the responsibility of a mortgage so an early payment of this large debt is an important issue to think about. In a situation as important as this time needs to be spent considering all the available options. Probably the most important point is a guarantee of a constant interest rate for the duration of the loan.

It is not uncommon to see lenders offering deals that are too good to be true. Loans agreed with a 15 year fixed mortgage keep the same interest rate throughout the entire life of the agreement. This is of great benefit for anyone that does not like surprises. Both my wife and I decided to research fixed rate mortgages when we started looking at homes for sale.

Even though it was important for us to pay off our loan at the earliest possible opportunity, we didn’t want high, unrealistic monthly payments which we would have trouble maintaining. When we considered fixed rate mortgages we also looked into even longer term loans that spanned 30 years as well. No-one likes the idea of having a mortgage when they are close to retirement, and we were no different, so it was still our hope that a 15 year fixed mortgage rate plan would still be an option. Too much pressure was placed on the early repayment of the mortgage loan.

Taking everything into account we finally went for the easier 30 year mortgage plan instead. There were many things that lead us into making this choice. The main reason was that I found out my wife was pregnant. My wife decided she wanted to raise our child at home so I couldn’t be certain of her monthly financial commitment to our household expenses. The financial commitment per month on the 15 year fixed mortgage rate was just too high. For us it just wasn’t feasible as we would just be in over our heads. The 30 year loan repayments were considerably lower than the 15 year figures.

If we have spare cash throughout the year then we can use it to reduce the capital sum. My making just a few of these payments each year we discovered that a number of years could be taken off the mortgage term. In the long term, this is a strategy well worth pursuing if you are able. It was hard going against our preference for a shorter term, 15 year fixed rate mortgage, but we had to think about more immediate needs and abilities. Anyway, everything worked out fine despite our hesitancy.

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