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Mortgage Question

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Mortgage Question

I have my mortgage renewal coming up and was wondering if I can lower the monthly payments.

For example, let's say it's a $50,000 mortgage, can I renew that for another 5 years fixed on a 20 year term? Am I able to request for an $xxx.xx amount as a monthly payment? I'm assuming there's a "min" and "max" monthly payment which will determine how much interest etc... I pay over the term? If I understand this correctly?
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The easiest way to lower your payment is to extend your amortization. If you originally signed a 25 year amortization with a 5 year fixed, for instance, right now you would be typically renewing into a 20 year amortization. You could, if you are eligible, refinance the mortgage into a 25 year amortization. The longer amortization should reduce your payment.

Generally no, you are not able to request a certain payment as your payment is based on the mortgage balance, interest rate and amortization.
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simplypop wrote: I have my mortgage renewal coming up and was wondering if I can lower the monthly payments.

For example, let's say it's a $50,000 mortgage, can I renew that for another 5 years fixed on a 20 year term? Am I able to request for an $xxx.xx amount as a monthly payment? I'm assuming there's a "min" and "max" monthly payment which will determine how much interest etc... I pay over the term? If I understand this correctly?
If you refinance, meaning you extend the AM, rates will be higher and you may have to pay extra fees (ie legal fees).

Keep this in mind.
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simplypop wrote: I have my mortgage renewal coming up and was wondering if I can lower the monthly payments.

For example, let's say it's a $50,000 mortgage, can I renew that for another 5 years fixed on a 20 year term? Am I able to request for an $xxx.xx amount as a monthly payment? I'm assuming there's a "min" and "max" monthly payment which will determine how much interest etc... I pay over the term? If I understand this correctly?
Easiest way to reduce payments is to put a good chunk of money down at renewal time (or even now). For example, if your renewal should have been $50,000, but now is $40,000 because you put down extra money, your payments would be 20% less.

Your other option would be to convert the mortgage to a HELOC only. It's not a mortgage. This assumes your house has enough value for the bank to approve this. You only need to pay the interest, that's all.
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jeff1970 wrote: Easiest way to reduce payments is to put a good chunk of money down at renewal time (or even now). For example, if your renewal should have been $50,000, but now is $40,000 because you put down extra money, your payments would be 20% less.

Your other option would be to convert the mortgage to a HELOC only. It's not a mortgage. This assumes your house has enough value for the bank to approve this. You only need to pay the interest, that's all.
Oops. Sorry I realize I made a mistake. I do have a HELOC. Every year I was able to put down 20% and "modify" my monthly payments, but there was of course a min. and a max. which I totally understand. Just wasn't sure when I renew my HELOC if I can say $ xx.xx monthly payments since I was able to lower my monthly payments currently. I have a meeting with TD in a few weeks so I just wanted to udnerstand things before going in. Thanks all.

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