BMO asks Canadian Home Owners - How Low Can You Go?

BMO brings clarity to home financing decisions and advises Canadians to shorten their mortgage amortization to save thousands of dollars

TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - It's time more Canadian homeowners and prospective buyers consider taking a shorter amortization for their mortgage, according to BMO Bank of Montreal.

"While many people choose the longest length of time to pay back their mortgage, they could pay thousands of dollars more in interest in the long run," said Jane Yuen, Senior Manager of Mortgages, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Cutting your amortization period by 5 years from 30 to 25 years could save you over $53,000 in interest. You will be mortgage-free faster and your monthly payments will only increase by $84."(1)

Comparison ($200,000 mortgage at 7 per cent interest on a fixed term(2)):

    
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    Amortization             Monthly      Total Interest            Interest
    Period(3)               Payments          you'll pay               Saved
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    35 years               $1,263.73         $330,673.02                   -
    30 years               $1,317.21         $274,130.94          $56,542.08
    25 years               $1,400.83         $220,207.26         $110,465.76
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

"Shortening your amortization period during an expected rising interest rate environment makes good sense," according to Sal Guatieri, Senior Economist, Bank of Montreal. "To ensure you aren't negatively affected when rates go up, it is important to work with a mortgage specialist to stress test your financial budget using a mortgage payment based on a higher interest rate," added Yuen.

    
    (1) Example is based on $200,000 mortgage, at 7% APR amortized for 25
        years.
    (2) Per annum, calculated half-yearly, not in advance. The rate shown is
        an example only and is not necessarily applicable to an actual
        mortgage.
    (3) Assumes same interest for entire amortization period.
    

SOURCE BMO BANK OF MONTREAL

For further information: For further information: For news media inquiries or to arrange for an interview please contact: Martha McInnis, Toronto, Martha.mcinnis@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996


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