Strategies to Pay Off Your Mortgage Fast

For most of us, there’s an implicit understanding that buying a home will nearly drain your bank accounts. You’ll shell out for the down payment, the home inspection, and—just when you think you’re done—the closing costs.

What if you could pay off your mortgage in less time—and whittle down that crazy interest you’re forking over each month? Apparently, it can be done—and you don’t have to go broke in the process. Here are four expert-approved tips to get you started and on your way to putting money back in your wallet.

Not Shopping Around for a Mortgage Can Cost You

Shopping around for a mortgage should be on every potential home buyer’s checklist. But a study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that only about half of home buyers shopped around for a mortgage, meaning the other half considered only one lender or broker.

That’s great—if you’re a lender. But you’re a borrower, which means you want the best rates and loan terms in your area. And if you don’t loan shop, you’re very likely to make these expensive mistakes.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

What is a reverse mortgage? Most home buyers applying for a loan know what a mortgage is, but a reverse mortgage may seem far less familiar. Maybe you’ve heard this mortgage term bandied about, and maybe have even seen the late-night TV ads promoting them. But people are often confused or all-out clueless on the details of this type of loan, so allow us to explain.

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Tap Into Your Home Equity

You need to come up with some cash, fast. Maybe you have a leaky roof that desperately needs fixing or you need help paying for your kid’s first semester of college. But where do you turn?

If you’re a homeowner, you have options that involve tapping into your home equity—the difference between what your home is worth and how much you owe on your mortgage.

There are three main ways to tap into home equity, but sorting through those options can be confusing. Here’s how to determine which is right for you.

Most Common Reasons Why Your Home Insurance Company Will Drop Your Coverage

Homeowners usually see their payment to their home insurance company as a necessary evil. The coverage they offer helps protect your home, belongings, and investment, but those payments can hit your wallet hard.

Shelling out thousands of dollars on an insurance policy may feel like a large financial burden, but did you know that your insurance company can choose to drop or not renew your policy? Circumstances like not paying your premiums, violating the terms of the policy, or committing fraud will obviously jeopardize your coverage, but your company can also drop coverage if it believes you and your property are too risky to insure. In these cases, an insurer may cancel, and you could have a hard time finding another company to protect your property.

Insurers may also decide to not renew your policy for many reasons that don’t ever cross your mind. Consider these common yet unapparent circumstances that could threaten your policy

5 Times It Doesn’t Pay to File a Homeowners Insurance Claim

Great insurance policies help homeowners sleep better at night. If something bad happens, at least you can call your insurance company, right?

Unfortunately, not being careful with your homeowners insurance claims could turn a real-life disaster into a financial catastrophe. Submit too many claims? Your premiums might rise. Submit the wrong claim? Again, your premiums might rise—and you’ll still have to cover the cost of the damage.

Truth be told, homeowners insurance isn’t as simple as “Submit claim, get paid.” To save money in the long run, you need to think carefully about whether you want to file that claim. Here are five scenarios that might end up costing you.

You Can Enjoy Your Yard This Winter

Pining for the day you’ll be able to do a cannonball into your pool, or kick back on a lush patch of grass while you bake in the ozone-depleted summer sun? Join the club. Yes, losing the use of your outdoor space due to cold weather is an annual trauma for homeowners, but it doesn’t have to be. Beat Mother Nature by following the suggestions of landscapers, decorators, and other experts who share their ideas for making the most of your backyard, patios, and deck during colder months.

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Build a Fire Pit

Wondering how to build a DIY fire pit? If you have that bag of perfectly squishy marshmallows for s’mores, some new outdoor chairs, and a friend who tells a chilling ghost story, a DIY fire pit is all you need to bring all of these elements together for summer—as well as spring, fall, and winter—nights in your backyard or on your concrete patio.

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