5 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

Want to get relieve yourself of mortgage stress? Check out our tips for paying off your mortgage faster and saving more money.

How to pay off your mortgage faster
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Purchasing a home is a major accomplishment, but paying off your mortgage as early as possible will be the best investment you can make. A 2010 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) survey indicated that 68 per cent of recent homeowners felt there was a strong chance they could pay off their mortgage earlier than their current amortization schedule, and 27 per cent have either made additional lump sum mortgage payments or have increased their regular payment amounts.


How to pay off your mortgage faster
Ready to save some serious money? Here are a few easy ways you can pay off your mortgage faster:

1. Accelerated bi-weekly payments
Instead of paying your mortgage on a monthly basis 12 times per year, pay your mortgage every two weeks for a total of 26 payments each year.

Example: A $300,000 mortgage paid on a monthly basis with a 3 per cent interest rate over 25 years will cost you $125,920.44 in interest. However, if you increase your payment frequency to accelerated bi-weekly payments, you will shave nearly three years off of your amortization schedule, and save $16,058.57 in interest.

2. Round up your mortgage payments
Make no mistake: Every dollar counts when it comes to paying off your mortgage. The quicker you can pay off your loan, the more you will save in interest. A painless way to make your mortgage disappear faster is to round up your mortgage payments. So if your accelerated bi-weekly mortgage payments are $543, consider rounding up to $600 instead. The extra $57 will do wonders for your mortgage and chances are you will barely notice a difference in your monthly budget.

If you receive a raise, instead of increasing the cost of your lifestyle in the short term, consider throwing the extra amount you make onto your mortgage instead.

Example: Bi-weekly payments on a $230,000 mortgage with a 2.75 per cent interest rate over 30 years would be $468.53. Increase those bi-weekly payments by just $31.47 to $500, and you'll shave nearly six years off of the amortization schedule.

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