Effective Alternatives To Bi-Weekly PaymentsBi-weekly payments plans work; there's no doubt about that. It's just basic math. However, there are several reasons why homeowners may want to avoid enrolling in a bi-weekly mortgage payment plan.
The first -- and most obvious -- reason to avoid bi-weekly mortgage payment programs is that homeowners choosing to self-manage their bi-weekly payments get better results than via a bank-managed bi-weekly payment program.
Here's how to self-manage : Rather than sending payments to the bank every other week, achieve the same result by making your regular mortgage payment once monthly, and adding 1/12 of your regular mortgage payment to your check.
For every $1,200 in your mortgage payment, in other words, add $100 to your monthly payment. By sending $1,300 to your lender monthly, you will "overpay" your mortgage by $1,200 annually, which is a 13th payment.
Assuming a $300,000 mortgage at 4.000%, look at how the math works :
- Bank-managed bi-weekly mortgage payments pays off in 26 years, 0 months
- Self-managed bi-weekly mortgage payments pays off in 25 years, 11 months