Are you looking for a different way to pay your mortgage? Maybe your payment is eating up all of one of your bimonthly paychecks and you’d like to spread it out. Or maybe you want to pay it off earlier. You have several options for making payments, either involving your lender or on your own.
Some lenders will set up bimonthly or biweekly payment plans for you. Paying bimonthly just splits your monthly payment in half, and you pay it twice a month. This can take the burden off your whole monthly payment coming out of one paycheck. Paying biweekly involves making half of your monthly payment every two weeks, which over the course of a year adds up to an additional monthly payment made (26 payments biweekly vs. 24 payments bimonthly). This speeds up the rate at which you pay off the loan, resulting in years being taken off the term. The drawback to paying biweekly is that most lenders charge extra fees.
If you like the idea of shortening your term but don’t want to pay extra, you can do it yourself by changing the amount you pay each month. Add an extra 1/12 of your monthly payment each month, and at the end of the year you will have made the equivalent of 13 monthly payments.
Note: Anytime you pay an amount that exceeds your monthly payment, be sure to indicate to your lender that you want the additional money to go toward the principal.