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A 30-year mortgage has long been the industry norm, and for good reason: It allows the homebuyer to spread the loan out over a long period to keep payments as low as possible. But now that interest rates have dropped to near-record lows, 15-year mortgages are becoming more popular. Is a 15-year mortgage right for you?
With interest rates at historic lows, many homeowners or buyers may be tempted to choose a 15-year fixed rate mortgage over the more typical 30-year mortgage. The 15-year enables you to pay off your loan faster and likely lock in a lower interest rate, but will come with higher payments. To make a smart decision, you need to determine what’s most important to you: financial flexibility or paying off your mortgage faster.