Mortgage A Long-Term Loan
A mortgage is basically a long-term loan that you arrange through a bank or other financial institution, or even through the seller of the property. The house and/or property serve as collateral for the loan.
A home mortgage is most likely the largest debt you will assume. You typically pay off that debt in monthly payments over a long period of time, most often 15 to 30 years.
Monthly mortgage payment?
A monthly mortgage payment typically includes the following:
Why private mortgage insurance requires ?
- Real estate Taxes
- Property Insurance and
- private mortgage insurance.
Private mortgage insurance gives the lender protection if the homeowner should default on the loan. The mortgage company charges insurance if the down payment is less than 20% of the sale price or appraised value. Private mortgage insurance usually can be eliminated once the principal balance of the mortgage reaches 80 percent of the sale price or appraised value, which is known as the loan-to-value ratio also known as LTV Ratio.
The process of paying the principal takes years because mortgages are based on a repayment plan called amortization. During the years of the mortgage, a homeowner pays a lot of money toward interest in order to have manageable monthly payments on the huge house debt. During the first few years, most of the mortgage payments will be applied toward the interest. During the final years of the loan, the payments will be applied primarily to the remaining principal.
Let's take an Example
Let's look at a $100,000 mortgage, at a fixed interest rate of 7.5%, for 30 years. In three decades, the homeowner would pay $151,717 in interest.
Equity grows as you pay off the principal of the mortgage and as the property appreciates in value. Also, there are tax incentives, since mortgage interest is a deduction on your federal income tax.
Still, the amount of interest you will pay may affect your decision on what type of mortgage you choose.
Do I get a tax advantage from having a mortgage?
For Best and accurate answer you should consult a tax attorney or accountant for specific details, but interest on a mortgage is usually tax deductible. Interest on credit cards or automobile loans is not normally tax deductible.
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