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Does it benefit me to make my mortgage payment 25 days early each month?

 

Q: Does it benefit me to make my mortgage payment 25 days early each month?

A: Unless the mortgage lender is actually posting the payment when you send it, the answer is no. Your payment is required to be in the lender's hands by a given due date, and any payment you send before that date will be applied by/on that due date. Think of it this way: A payment is due by the 6th of the month. Your payment is applied; five days later, the next payment you send arrives. It's not due until the 6th of the next month, and the lender will process this as though it came in right on schedule.

Standard loan amortization means your loan is set up on a monthly compounded arrangement, with a payment due in each of 360 monthly periods (30 year term). As long as a payment arrives during each 30-day window, it will be processed as that month's due payment. If mortgages were compounded using a different method--daily compounding, simple interest, etc.--it might have some effect, but that's not the case here.

About the author:

KTGA 25-year expert observer of the mortgage and consumer debt markets, Keith Gumbinger has been cited in thousands of articles covering a wide range of consumer finance and economic topics in outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the Bottom Line newsletters. He has been a featured guest on national broadcasts for CNN, CNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC television networks and has been heard on NPR and other national and local radio programs. Keith is the primary researcher and writer for HSH.com's MarketTrends newsletter and has authored or co-authored a number of consumer guides on mortgages, home equity, refinancing and more.

 

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