By playing around with the mortgage amortization calculator, you can:
- See how much money you would save in the long run by getting a shorter-term loan, whether you buy or refinance.
- See how much principal you paid at the end of each year.
- Take the first step towards calculating your equity and if you can cancel private mortgage insurance. Use the slider to see approximately how much principal you paid. Add it to your down payment. If this amount is more than 20% of the value of the home when you got the loan, you may be able to cancel mortgage default insurance.
Probably not. The initial term of the interest rate would be well represented in an amortization schedule, but after the end of the term of the interest rate, it would be difficult to account for future interest rate adjustments.
Any amortization schedule on an ARM is really only an estimate and is subject to substantial change.
The answer is simple: the lender gets paid first. During the first few years of your mortgage, your monthly loan payment is heavily weighted by the interest payment. At this point, a tiny reduction in the loan principal balance occurs with each payment. The remainder of the payment often goes towards insurance, taxes, and other expenses included in the monthly amount owed.
Over the years, you will start to see more of your payment go to principal – more money reduces debt and less is spent on interest.