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20-Year Mortgages Cut Interest Significantly

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty 200039


Buyers with the ability to stretch a little might consider a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage instead of the traditional 30-year, suggests CBS Money Matters’ financial adviser Ray Martin.

Martin points out that a $200,000 mortgage with a 30-year term and an interest rate of 4.75 would have a monthly payment of $1,043 and the total interest over the life of the loan would be $175,600.

The same mortgage with a 20-year term at 4.5 percent would have a monthly payment of $1,265 with total interest over the life of the mortgage of $103,670.

Young home buyers planning to have children will have their 20-year mortgage paid off by the time their kids enter college, a big financial advantage, Martin points out.

Source: CBS, Ray Martin (08/04/2010)