One way to make your mortgage payment is to wait for the payment coupon to show up and mail it back. You can still do that if you want, but there are a variety of other options to fit an on-the-go lifestyle.
After that, we’ve got a payment trick that could save you some green.
Here at Quicken Loans, we have several different ways you can pay your mortgage so you can pick the one that works best for you. And the best part: It’s all totally free.
On the Web
It’s fairly easy to go online and make a payment for everything from your car to your electricity and taxes. With Quicken Loans, you can do the same thing with your mortgage payment.
A lot of you probably used Rocket Mortgage to upload your documents and set up your loan with us. When it comes time to make your payments, you can use Rocket Mortgage in order to make your mortgage payment.
One thing I want to highlight is that you can also use Rocket Mortgage to set up recurring payments.
Although many people may have it set up so that the payment comes directly out of their bank account through the bank’s online payment system, it may be better to set up automatic payments directly with your lender. Why?
Mortgage payments sometimes change. The amount necessary for taxes and insurance may go up or down every year. The same is true if you’re in an adjustable rate at the end of its fixed period. By setting up an automatic payment through us as opposed to the bank, you can make sure the payment isn’t too low and that you’re not overpaying when your escrow or rate goes down.
On the Go
Let’s face it. We’re not always near a computer. We lead busy lives taking kids to afterschool activities or heading to dinner with friends. If you find that you forget to sit down and make your mortgage payment, you should be able to do it on your phone.
Give Us a Ring
Maybe you don’t mess with apps or you’re always crunched for space like I am. If that’s the case, you can make your mortgage payment over the phone using interactive voice response by giving us a call at 800-646-2133. All you need is your loan number and bank account and routing numbers. If you have any trouble, someone from our Client Relations team will be happy to help you.
Making Your Money Work for You
Up to this point, I’ve talked about the different mediums in which you can make a payment. Now I want to tell you how you can get a little more out of your mortgage dollar.
You may know you can save on interest by paying a little bit extra toward your mortgage payment every month and telling your lender to put it toward principal. What can be hard is establishing the routine. There is an easier way.
Quicken Loans clients can now set up biweekly payments through Rocket Mortgage for free. This means that instead of making 12 monthly payments, you’re making half your mortgage payment every two weeks. You can set it up here. We apply these payments to your loan on a monthly basis.
The first benefit is that your payment becomes more manageable when it’s cut in half. Also, there are 52 weeks in a year. This comes out to 26 half payments or 13 full monthly payments per year.
With only 12 months per year, where does all that extra money go? It gets applied directly to your principal. On a $200,000,.30-year mortgage with a 4% interest rate, the monthly payment is $954.83. If you just made the monthly payment, you would pay $143,738.99 in interest over the life of the loan.
Now let’s take a look at the effect of the extra monthly payment under the biweekly payments option. By putting one extra monthly payment per year directly toward the principal, you save $23,046.60. Also, you cut more than four years off the term. To try out your own scenario, check out our amortization calculator.
Do you have questions about any of our payment options? Let us know in the comments.
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