Bi-Weekly Mortgage Acceleration Calculator
Understand how much you can save and how quickly you can pay-off your bi-weekly mortgage by accelerating your mortgage (paying more than the required bi-weekly mortgage payment). Realize how acceleration lowers the number of required bi-weekly payments and total interest expense over the term of a mortgage. The graph below the table shows how acceleration reduces the term of a mortgage and accelerates the pay-off of mortgage principal
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What Borrowers Should Know About Bi-Weekly Mortgage Acceleration
Bi-Weekly Mortgage Acceleration Basics
A bi-weekly mortgage is usually paid off four-to-five years earlier than a 30 year mortgage, depending on your interest rate and loan amount. If you accelerate a bi-weekly mortgage you pay it off even faster, which can save you thousands of dollars in total interest expense over the life of the loan. Accelerating a bi-weekly mortgage means paying more than the required bi-weekly payment. For example, if your bi-weekly mortgage payment is $1,000 you pay an additional $200 for a total payment of $1,200. Accelerating a bi-weekly mortgage "turbo charges" the pay-off of a loan that is already paid down faster than a regular monthly mortgage.
How and When You Can Accelerate a Bi-Weekly Mortgage
Borrowers have flexibility to apply mortgage acceleration in the way that best meets their financial priorities. Borrowers can start and stop acceleration at any point and change the amount by which they overpay their bi-weekly mortgage. For example, borrowers can accelerate their loan by $50 one payment, $150 the next payment and then stop accelerating their mortgage at any time. With mortgage acceleration, the more you overpay, the more money you save because pay off your mortgage faster with each extra dollar which lowers your interest expense. To implement mortgage acceleration add the amount by which you want to overpay your mortgage to your bi-weekly payment and indicate to your lender that the extra money is applied to pay down your principal mortgage balance.
Beware Bi-Weekly Mortgage Scams
Borrowers do not have to pay any extra fees to accelerate a bi-weekly mortgage. Some lenders and companies offer bi-weekly mortgage acceleration programs for upfront and monthly fees; however, you can accelerate your mortgage for free. Most bi-weekly mortgage acceleration companies are not worth the extra cost because they do not do anything that borrowers cannot do on their own. Borrowers do not need to pay a company to implement a bi-weekly mortgage acceleration program or to pay more than their required payment. Additionally, in the past many companies offering bi-weekly mortgage acceleration programs have engaged in fraud. Borrowers should research bi-weekly mortgage acceleration programs very carefully and generally avoid them.
More FREEandCLEAR Mortgage Resources
Review our in-depth explanation of how a bi-weekly mortgage works including how it saves you money on interest expense compared to a mortgage with a monthly payment
Use our bi-weekly mortgage calculator to calculate the bi-weekly payment, total interest expense and pay-off date for a bi-weekly mortgage based on interest rate and loan amount