3 Tips to Eliminate Your Mortgage Debt

When you take out a home loan, you have to be careful about repaying the loan as your home is pledged as collateral. If you default on the home loan payments, it is most likely that the secured loan lender will repossess your house in order to recuperate the money. It is important for you to manage your home loan debt so that you don’t lose your home to a forced foreclosure. However, there are certainly some other debt obligations that you owe apart from your home loans debt and you need to make sure that you don’t fall back on the monthly payments of your unsecured loans when you’re repaying your home loan debt. Read on to know how you can manage your debt and repay them faster.

  • Follow a budget: You must follow a budget so that you can prioritize your payments according to their importance. As your secured loan has your home attached as collateral, you must make sure that you repay your secured loan first and then take into account all the unsecured debts that you owe. A frugal budget is a necessity as you have to make sure that you do not spend too much money on things that you don’t need.
  • Make prepayments on your home loan: You can make prepayments on your home loan if you want to stay sure about the repayment time of your loan. The mortgage lenders may allow you to pay an added payment to the already scheduled monthly mortgage payments so that you can repay the loan before time and live debt free. Just check whether or not there is any kind of prepayment penalties on the loan so that you’re not charged too much for pre-paying the loan.
  • Go for home loan modification: You can also go for home loan modification where you just change the terms and conditions on the home loan so that you can repay the loan in easy and affordable monthly payments. You can simply ask the lender to modify your loan by lowering the interest rates, the repayment term so that you can repay the loan with ease and without falling back on the monthly payments.

Thus, if you want to eliminate your home loan debt, you must make sure that you follow the above mentioned steps and stay out of it. Manage your personal finances effectively so that you can keep secured debts at bay while making payments towards your unsecured loans.

About the author

Jim Blankenship, CFP®, EA

Jim Blankenship is the founder and principal of Blankenship Financial Planning, Ltd., a financial planning firm providing hourly, as-needed financial planning and advice. A financial services professional for over 25 years, Jim is a CFP professional and has earned the Enrolled Agent designation, a designation that qualifies him as enrolled to practice before the IRS. Jim is also a NAPFA-registered financial advisor, which designates him as a Fee-Only Financial Advisor.

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