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15-Year Versus 30-Year Mortgages

Today's Topic: Is a 15- or 30-year Mortgage Better.

By
Elizabeth Carlassare,
Episode #019

Use Long-Term Loans to Free Up Your Money

Even if you can afford to make the higher monthly payments of a 15-year loan, going with a 30- or 40-year loan instead will free up more of your money for other purposes, such as funding retirement accounts or other investments. You may be able to invest the money you save (by having a lower payment) in a safe investment at a higher rate of return than the interest rate on the loan. And remember: mortgage interest is tax deductible.

A 15-year fixed loan can be tempting because it typically has a lower rate than a 30-year fixed loan, but it can be risky to have a higher monthly payment and less control over where your money goes each month. And if you lose your job or go through a period of financial difficulty, it will be less stressful if your mortgage payment is lower and more manageable.

With a longer term loan, you’ll have more flexibility and lower monthly payments. You can still pay down your loan more quickly if you want to, but you don’t have to. The choice is yours.

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