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2answers
96 views

Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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12answers
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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4answers
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Pros and Cons of Interest Only Loans

I currently have a home with an FHA loan which require me to make mortgage insurance payments for the next 4 years. I am considering a refinance and have came across the idea of interest only ...
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1answer
74 views

Should I pay extra towards my mortgage or HELOC?

My first mortgage has a balance of $147k with 4.75% fixed interest rate. My home equity line of credit (HELOC) has a balance of $87k with prime minus 1.1%. I've been making about $50 extra payment ...
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1answer
88 views

APR without principal repayment?

I've been trying to find out about this own my own but can't seem to work it out via search engines, loan/mortgage websites and excel. When I try to work out how much a loan costs, rates like APR ...
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1answer
193 views

Is it to my advantage to refinance with an LPMI option (Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance)?

My fiance and I bought a house in April 2013 using a FHA loan, 30-year fixed. We only had to put down 3.5% so of course a good bit of our monthly payment is PMI. I got a call today from the same ...
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2answers
283 views

Why are mortgage interest and taxes considered tax deductible?

I have trouble understanding the rationale behind why certain things are tax deductible while other things are not. For example, I understand that RRSP contributions are tax deductible because I am ...
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1answer
233 views

Is my financial plan for buying a house logically sound

All money is in NZD, all calculations done Weekly. Linked house is just example. House in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. $600K 30 year Mortgage with ASB, 430K loaned at 5.75% variable, (170K ...
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7answers
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Why do banks want you to pay off interest before principal?

When you take out a traditional mortgage the first payment you make to a bank pays off mostly interest and then later payments start paying off principal. What is the reason for this? Is it just a ...
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3answers
476 views

Quick formula for calculating total interest in my head

Is there a rough, quick and dirty, formula that I can do in my head for calculating the total interest on a loan? Something like: TotalInterest = Principal * (Yearly Interest% * Term In Years / 2); ...
2
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2answers
187 views

Mortgage and/or unit trust

I will be purchasing a property soon, so my question is the following: Do I pay off my mortgage off as soon as possible (by paying more every month) or do I put the same amount extra into some unit ...
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2answers
364 views

Why is mortgage interest deductible in the USA for a house you live in?

In Australia, if you have a mortgage on the house you live in the interest and other expenses are not tax deductible, unless you rent out one or some of the rooms or run a business from your home, in ...
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3answers
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How to pay more principal on home loan?

This is how I pay off my current loan for my condo. Principal and interest - $1,867.27 Escrow payment - $776.63 Total monthly payment - $2,643.90 When I go and look at the transaction detail. This ...
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3answers
2k views

First time home hunters. Pay debt or save for down payment

tl;dr We want to buy a house. We've done all the pro's and con's of home ownership. We have 1/2 a down payment and some highish loan payments Would it be wiser to pay down the loans and go ...
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9answers
2k views

Paying Off Principal of Home vs. Investing In Mutual Fund

I close on my first home October 21. I've locked in a 4.330% APR on a 30-year fixed conventional mortgage and my payment will be ~$800/month. I've put the required 20% down to avoid paying PMI. ...
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2answers
639 views

Should I pay the interest or the principal on my second mortgage?

We have a second mortgage on our home from 10/08. It was designed to be deferred for five years, so we're right in the middle. After the deferral, our monthly payment will be $413.74 for 25 years. ...
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3answers
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How to determine new, lower interest payments after a lump sum mortgage payment, i.e. new amortization schedule?

Here's a financial math problem: I have a mortgage at about $78,0000 with 5.5% interest and 56 of 360 monthly payments were made. I'm currently paying about $360/month in interest charges. If I pay ...