Some mortgages come with a provision that penalizes you for paying off the loan balance
faster. Such penalties can amount to as much as several percentage points of the amount of
the mortgage balance that is paid off early.
Some lenders won't enforce their loan's prepayment penalties when you pay off a
mortgage early because you sold the property or because you want to refinance the loan to
take advantage of lower interest rates as long as they get to make the new mortgage. Even
so, your hands are tied financially unless you go through the same lender.
Many states place limits on the duration and amount of prepayment penalty lenders may
charge for mortgages made on owner-occupied residential property. The only way to know
whether a loan has a prepayment penalty is to ask and to carefully review the federal
truth-in-lending disclosure and the promissory note the mortgage lender provides you with.
We think that you should avoid such loans. (Many so-called no points loans
have prepayment penalties.)
This Homebuyers Tip was excerpted from
Home Buying For Dummies, by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown. © 1997 by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown,
used by permission of IDG Books. ISBN#: 1568843852