The short answer, yes. Making bi-weekly payments on your mortgage will absolutely cut your interest costs and shorten the length of time it takes to pay off your mortgage. But accelerated bi-weekly payments can significantly reduce costs even more.
How does it all work? There are 12 months per year and 26 two week periods per year. This means with bi-weekly payments, you are essentially making 13 monthly payments per year. Bi-weekly is not to be confused with semi-monthly, which at two payments per months, works out to 24 payments per year.
The difference between bi-weekly and accelerated bi-weekly are as follows. Bi-weekly is a monthly payment times 12 months then divided by 26. Accelerated bi-weekly is a monthly payment divided in half times 26 payments.
Here is an example based on $220,000 mortgage with an interest rate of 3.6%
Monthly Bi-Weekly Accelerated Bi-Weekly
Payment $1,110.04 $511.92 $555.02
Yearly Payment $13,320.48 $13,309.92 $14,430.52
Actual Ammortization 25 Years 24.8 Years 22.1 Years
Total Interest Paid $113,001.00 $112,743.00 $97,887.00
Interest Savings Over N/A $268.16 $15,124.23
Life of Mortgage
As you can see, with only a small adjustment to you bi-weekly payment, your overall savings are drastic in the long run. You save money by paying less interest on your mortgage, reduce the amortization period and decrease the principle balance that much faster.
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