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The Truth About Interest-Only Home Loans

The Truth About Interest-Only Home Loans & Mortgages

An interest-only home loan is one that gives you the option of paying just the interest or the interest and as much principal as you want in any given month during an initial period of time after your closing.

You are only committed to the very low interest portion of the loan or mortgage – and in months when you have extra cash, you can choose to pay down the principal.

We offer a variety of interest-only home loan options, including fixed-rate, variable-rate, fully open, or up to 10 year closed. Our interest-only home loan programs are offered as interest-only loans for periods of either three, five, seven or ten years.

For many, the most appealing feature of an interest-only loan is that you are in control of your payment amount and your cash flow in any given month during the interest-only period, and your monthly mortgage payment will be lower than it would be with an interest plus principal payment home loan.

Your interest rate may or may not be lower than a traditional mortgage, depending on your specific situation, but you will have the option of flexible payments.

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Who Is an Interest-Only Home Loan For?

There are a number of good reasons to consider an interest only home loan.  There are situations for some people where , it might make good financial sense.

On a traditional 25-year mortgage, roughly 70% of the payment goes toward interest during the first six or seven years of the loan. If your interest rate is low, then you’ve borrowed money at a good rate.

Instead of paying down that low rate loan, you could take the extra money you’d have each month from making interest-only payments, and invest it in something that would bring you a higher rate of return.

Depending on your loan amount, you could have access to thousands of dollars over the course of several years to invest or reduce high interest debt, including credit card debt.

An interest-only home loan may also be a good option for people who expect to be in their homes for less than ten years. The average homeowner stays in their home between five and seven years.

An interest-only mortgage  can be useful  for first time homebuyers: it provides very low initial payments, and when they can handle the costs of owning a house they can convert it to a regular mortgage.

As mentioned before, home mortgage payments are mostly interest for the first years of the loan. Many homeowners like the option of making interest-only payments and using the extra money as they please – save for college tuition, make home-improvements, or buy a much-needed new car.

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Common Misconceptions About Interest-Only Loans

While an interest-only home loan may be an appealing option to many, there are a number of common misconceptions that you should be aware of prior to making any final decisions.

One common myth is that if you’re not paying down your loan’s principal, you’re not building equity in your home. This is not necessarily true.

Homes in the Canada have been appreciating between 5 and 6% a year. Chances are that even if you’re not paying down your principal, you’re building equity in your home through appreciation.

You should also know that with any interest-only home loan, you can refinance anytime you’re ready for the higher payment and start building equity.

This type of loan is most useful when home values are on a steady rise. Is an interest-only home loan right for you? Call  us today and we can  help you come to a decision that’s right for you.

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