3 Terms Every Mortgage Holder Should Know

Getting a mortgage can be a very confusing process. There is a lot of paperwork to sign, documents to read, and procedures to be followed. You'd think you were applying to go to Harvard or Yale, except they don't require that much paperwork for you to be admitted! Although getting a mortgage can be a confusing process, there are three terms that every mortgage holder should know to better understand what he is she is getting into.


Going into a mortgage knowing just a few facts will help you immensely in understanding what type of commitment you are getting into.


The first term you should understand is, amazingly, the word "term". Term refers to the length of the mortgage you are taking out - or the amount of time you are making payments.


Many mortgages run the gauntlet of between ten and thirty years. The longer the mortgage, typically the lower your monthly payment will be (and the more interest the mortgage company makes). Generally speaking, you should go for the shortest term you can comfortable afford - you'll save potentially tens of thousands (and in some cases potentially over a hundred thousand) dollars in interest by keeping the length of the mortgage as short as you can.

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