Interest Only Mortgage: When is it a Good Idea?

An interest-only, mortgage is not a particular type of loan in itself; instead it is an option that becomes added onto another loan. It works rather simply. For a predetermined period of time, typically 5, 7, or 10 years, the buyer only pays the interest portion of the loan amount. After this initial period is up, the mortgage becomes fully amortizing and the owner is required to pay both the interest and principal portions of the loan. Because the payment amount of the loan becomes substantially higher after the interest-only period, this type of loan is recommended only under the following circumstances:

1. If You Anticipate Higher Earnings in The Future: An interest-only loan might be a good option for graduate students, medical students or stay-at-home moms who anticipate entering the job market in the near future. The interest only period will give these individuals a chance to finish school, or stay at home with a child without the added pressure of a large mortgage payment. Individuals can put off employment until this period begins to wind down.

2. If You Anticipate a Quick Sale: If you do not anticipate staying in a residence or property for very long, an interest-only mortgage might be a good idea. It could be a great opportunity to take advantage of low mortgage payments for the short period of the time you intend to stay in the home or property. The money saved by using this option can be used in numerous ways, examples include, saving for a future home, investing, or debt relief.

3. If You Are A Real Estate Investor: Real estate investors often use interest-only loans because they allow investors to take advantage of lower mortgage payments while they are either fixing up a property and/or looking for a potential buyer.

4. If You Are a Disciplined Saver: For disciplined savers, the interest-only option would allow these individuals the opportunity to put away substantial savings for the initial 5,7 or 10 years of the interest-only portion of the loan. As long as there is a plan in place for the more expensive payments that will eventually come, then this might be an option worth considering.

5. If You Are a Savvy Investor: If you are a savvy investor or have access to one, than using the money that you save with an interest-only loan, to invest, might be a good plan. Again, this strategy comes down to discipline, coupled with the necessary knowledge to invest successfully.

Using an interest-only loan can be a smart choice in many cases. These types of loans work especially well for those who may be short on income for a period of time, but anticipate increased earning power in the future. They also make good financial sense for real estate investors, those looking to make a quick sale, and for the disciplined. Individuals who are considering using an interest-only loan should take an honest look at their circumstances, temperament and financial needs before deciding whether or not to use this funding option.

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