We all know that a lower interest means a lower monthly payment. But did you know that a lower interest rate means you will also owe less when your mortgage comes up for renewal? This has been overlooked by consumers and experts alike. I haven’t seen any articles covering this. And it should change how you choose your next mortgage product.
It all has to do with the effects of compounding interest. Let’s take a look at 2 borrowers, each with a $400k mortgage. Borrower 1 is Mary. Borrower 2 is Dave. Mary has today’s 5 yr fixed rate of 3.29%. Dave has the more normal rate of 5.50% (the rate most experts think we will see in the next 3 to 5 yrs). We’ll amortize both mortgage over a 25 yr term.
Dave’s mortgage has monthly payments of $2441 and a balance owing of $356,749 at the end of 5 years. Mary’s mortgage has monthly payments of $1953 and a balance owing of $343,728 at the end of the first 5 years. Notice the difference in the balance owing after 5 years. We are talking about a $13,021 difference. That’s the effects of compounding interest. Continue reading “Lower rate = Lower payment and a Lower balance in 5 years!”