Buying a home can be a complex and time-consuming process. If you need that home to include certain accessibility features to accommodate a disability, the process can be even more of a challenge. With demand increasing, you should be able to work with your real estate agent to find a new home, but asking these important questions can also help you find the features that matter most when it comes to accessibility:
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Every dollar you add to your regular mortgage payment puts a larger dent in your principal balance. You can still make a difference with even small changes. Adding just 1 extra payment each year knocks years off your mortgage.
Here are ways you can save thousands and reduce years off your mortgage without big changes to your budget:
Biweekly vs. monthly payments
This will have a similar impact on your budget, but will result in 13 full-sized payments per year instead of 12 because there are 52 weeks per year.
You will be making half-sized payments every 2 weeks. If your mortgage is $1400 per month, pay $700 every other week.
If you have a $200,000, 30-year mortgage at 5% interest rate, paying biweekly will save you over $34,000 in interest and allow you to pay your mortgage off 5 years earlier!
Additional principal payments
Send additional funds marked for asprincipal onlyvs. principal and interest as your budget allows.