Is it Worth the Cost to Break a Mortgage?
Posted On January 5, 2021
Most homeowners should expect to pay a penalty if they want to break their mortgage to get a better rate or for a complete refinance. Homeowners in 5-year fixed mortgages often look to break their mortgage during their 3rd year for debt consolidation or to accommodate changing life circumstances.
The penalty to break a mortgage is typically the greater of
- three months’ interest, or
- the interest-rate differential (IRD)
With the IRD, your mortgage lender will want you to pay the equivalent of what they will lose by releasing you from your mortgage and lending the money at current rates. Unfortunately, not all lenders calculate IRD the same way so you should always get the actual penalty from your lender. Check your lender’s website for their prepayment penalty calculator.
If you want to look at breaking your mortgage, we can review the terms and conditions of your mortgage and do an assessment of your situation to determine if your benefit outweighs the cost. There is no cost or obligation. Often penalties are rolled into the new mortgage, so you don’t have to be out of pocket. At 8Twelve Mortgage, our licenced Mortgage Agents will provide you the advice, education and resources you’ll need to make smart financial choices.
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