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How much interest can I save by paying off my mortgage?
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Several years ago I borrowed some money to buy a condo. Today, still owe $66,924.65 on this mortgage, with payments of $352.16 per month, at a rate of 3.875%.
If I suddenly came into a pile of money and decided to pay off this mortgage today, how much interest would I avoid paying over the remaining life of the mortgage by doing so?
For simplicity, assume that there's no partial-month interest to satisfy and no pre-payment penalties involved.
This problem is a three-stepper.
- The first thing we need to do is figure out how many payments are left on the mortgage.
- Then we need to figure out how much the total payments over that number of months would have been.
- Then we need to subtract the amount I'd pay today to satisfy the mortgage from the total payments I'd make if I didn't pay off the mortgage today.
Let's get to it.
First things first, make sure the calculator is using 12 Payments per Year.
N: (this is what I'm trying to find)
When I plug these numbers into the calculator, I find that I have 295 payments left to make on this mortgage.
If I paid off the mortgage today, I'd avoid 295 payments, each of which is $352.16.
295 months times $352.16 per month is $103,887.20 I can avoid paying over the next 25ish years by paying $66,924.65 today.
I owe $66,924.65 which means any amount I pay above that is interest on the loan. My payments will add up to $103,887.20 so the amount of interest I'll be paying on the loan over time will be $103,887.20 - $66,924.65 which is a total of $36,962.55
. If I pay off the loan now, I'll save $36,962.55
in interest over time.
Note that doing this problem doesnít tell me whether itís a good idea
to pay off the mortgage today, it just tells me how much interest Iíd save if I decided to do so.