In your research on home loans, you may have come across the term “balloon payment.” This usually refers to a large lump sum that is due after a certain period of time on a loan, and is part of the loan agreement. It usually appears on smaller second mortgages that are expected to be paid off more quickly. How exactly does a balloon payment work? It’s relatively simple. Smaller Monthly Payments When you take out a second mortgage or select an 80/20 loan as your main mortgage plan, that smaller mortgage is usually spread out over a shorter period of time. These mortgages are often 15 year loans rather than the standard 30 years you see on a larger mortgage. In many cases, there is a caveat to the 15 year loan that makes it somewhat less than a true 15 year loan. This is where the balloon payment comes in. In order to make the monthly payments lower, the loan is spread out over 15 years—meaning you make the payments as though you were going to take 15 years to pay it off. However, at the ten year mark you are required to pay off the remaining balance of […]
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