Pre-Payment Penalties
Taking out a Mortgage on a House in Vero Beach


Some mortgages come with a provision that penalizes you for paying off the loan balance faster. Such penalties can amount to as much as several percentage points of the amount of the mortgage balance that is paid off early.

What Some Lenders Do:

Some lenders won't enforce their loan's prepayment penalties when you pay off a mortgage early because you sold the property or because you want to refinance the loan to take advantage of lower interest rates as long as they get to make the new mortgage. Even so, your hands are tied financially unless you go through the same lender.

Illegal in Some States:

Many states place limits on the duration and amount of prepayment penalty lenders may charge for mortgages made on owner-occupied residential property. The only way to know whether a loan has a prepayment penalty is to ask and to carefully review the federal truth-in-lending disclosure and the promissory note the mortgage lender provides you with.  We think that you should avoid such loans. (Many so-called no points loans have prepayment penalties.)

In the state of Florida, pre-payment penalties ARE allowed, so be sure to check with your lender for their policies and procedures on pre-payment penaties.

Ask Jim DiMarzo, Premier Estate Properties , about mortgage options when buying a Vero Beach real estate property.

This Homebuyers Tip was excerpted from

Home Buying For Dummies (3rd Edition), by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown. © 2006 by Eric Tyson, Ray Brown, used by permission of Wiley Publishing.   

ISBN-10: 0471768472


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