If you’re like most people, you probably dream about the day you get to make your final mortgage payment. At last, you’ll be able to let out a sigh of relief, knowing that one of your biggest monthly expenses is coming to an end and the home you’re living in is finally all yours! But have you ever thought about what actually happens once your home loan is paid off? Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Will It Take to Pay Off Your Mortgage?
The average mortgage term is 30 years. But whether or not it will actually take you that amount of time to pay off your loan depends on a number of factors. For one, you may choose to sell your home before your mortgage is paid off. In this case, you’ll use some of the money from the sale to pay off your loan. In other cases, homeowners may choose to refinance, which can extend or shorten the loan term. Homeowners can also pay off their mortgage early by making additional payments on the principal balance or paying off their loan with a large lump sum.
So, really, in the end, it all depends. It could take you 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, or somewhere in between. It all depends on how you handle the situation and what you’re able to afford.
What Happens Once My Home Loan Is Paid Off?
Once your home loan is paid off, a couple of things will happen. First, you’ll receive documents from your lender that confirm the loan is paid in full. This includes:
- An official statement indicating that the loan balance is zero
- A canceled promissory note
- Updated deed of trust
- Certificate of Satisfaction
Once you receive notice that your home loan is paid off, you’ll want to cancel all automatic payments. This way, you’re not sending money to your mortgage company when you don’t owe them anything. You’ll also want to inform your insurance company that the loan is paid off.
You’ll also want to confirm that your mortgage company has sent a discharge of the mortgage letter to your county. If they haven’t, you may have to bring the documents they sent you to your county clerk’s office.
Next, you’ll want to start budgeting for property taxes. Most likely, these were paid by your mortgage servicer along with your loan payments. But now that your loan is paid off, you’ll have to start handling them on your own. Check to see whether your property taxes are due quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, and plan accordingly.
Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate! This is a huge milestone and you’ve worked hard to get here! Now, smile and relax, knowing that your life just got a whole lot less complicated.
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