Do you have a strict savings plan?
Choosing a 15-year mortgage over a 30-year mortgage also may be a worthwhile choice if you are not a disciplined saver. But many people may lack the discipline needed to save long-term, Cecala noted, especially in amounts that would offset what they would save by switching to a 15-year mortgage. He also added that “a lot of times people need that extra money for something else,” and so they choose to keep their money in a 30-year mortgage with lower individual monthly payments.
Some truly disciplined savers may actually benefit from carrying their mortgages into retirement. According to a May story published by Time magazine: “if you expect to earn more after tax on your investments than you pay after tax on your mortgage, keep the mortgage.” What you want to avoid in retirement, however, is a situation where you are juggling a mortgage on top of your basic costs of living, taxes and health care payments.
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