I hope you are sitting down because this is one of the most shocking things that I have ever learned. Believe it or not their is significant difference between a 15 year conventional and a 30 year conventional mortgage. Let’s look at an example. According to HousingTracker.net, the median home price in Arizona is $175,000. For our purposes, we will use this as the actual loan amount. According to bankrate.com the national average for a 30 year is 5.09%. At the end of 30 years you will end up paying $341,671.35 (Click here to see for yourself).
If you were to do a 15 year mortgage instead, you would get it for a lower interest rate, which currently the average is 4.51%. After 15 years you would pay a total of $241,133.91.
A 30 year conventional mortgage will cost you significantly more than a 15 year and in this example it is a difference of $100,537.44! I don’t know about you, but there is a lot I could do with 100 g’s.
You may ask, why would anyone get a 30 year then? The reason is that the monthly payment is higher for a 15 year, however, if you buy a house you can afford then this won’t even be an issue. In fact, you will come out smelling like roses in the long run.