MortgageI know that there are a million different mortgage variations. The most popular is definitely the fixed mortgage.

The ultimate question is: Should I get a shorter term mortgage or a longer term? Here are some basic pros and cons with a shorter length mortgage (15 years) vs. a longer length mortgage (30 years).

Pros of a 30 year mortgage:

  • You have “up to” 30 years to pay off the mortgage. If you have the extra cash, you have the option to throw more money at it.
  • You have smaller monthly payments. You can use the extra money to feed your kids.

Cons of a 30 year mortgage:

  • You pay nearly twice as much interest compared to a 15 year mortgage.
  • It takes longer to pay off the mortgage.
  • It takes longer to build equity.

Pros of a 15 year mortgage:

  • You pay less interest over the life of the mortgage.
  • The mortgage ends quicker.
  • You build equity much faster.

Cons of a 15 year mortgage:

  • Your monthly payments are larger.
  • You have less time to pay off the mortgage.

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