Buying a house is a great long term investment. If you’ve never had a mortgage payment it simply means you’ll have to be more careful regarding the management of your finances. The first step before venturing into a mortgage if you’re not already in one is to consider your financial situation. Then decide to buy a home where the mortgage and down payments are according to your financial situation so that you can enjoy life and have a roof over your head at the same time. If you have no idea what your monthly budget can afford then you should take some advice from a finance professional first.

Regardless of your situation here are several ways to reduce your monthly mortgage payments:

• As interest rates keep on changing you should keep track of changes and consider refinancing at the right time. This would reduce your expenditures. Do the calculations to know your savings after paying costs and other expenditures.

• Find out which bank offers the lowest homeowner insurance rates. You might be able to reduce either your insurance or tax payments.

• Check your calculations properly and regularly to make sure that all adjustments are made correctly, even though it’s a bank sometime they make mistakes.

• Choose a mortgage that offers flexibility. You want a mortgage that allows you to pay in an easy way according to your earnings.

• Consider biweekly payments or accelerated equity plans. This will give you an additional payment each year and begins to reduce your mortgage quickly right from the start.

• Try short term loans or variable interest.

• Consolidate all your loans into a single one with lower payments. Make a table and analyze all your loans; education, car, home and bank loans for example. Study your expenditures. Try to consult a mortgage specialist, ask him about consolidations and how much it can reduce your monthly payments.

And last but not least, the mortgage crunching secret weapon:

• Change a short term mortgage into a long term mortgage – go for a 30 mortgage. This will allow you to pay lower monthly payments which will lower the amount of interest you pay. Now, check with your bank for their rules and regulations but the next step is to pay way more each payment than the minimum payment. Each time you do this you’ll be smacking down the cash on the principle of your mortgage. This is the big mortgage early payout secret and it’s been known in many cases to eat a mortgage really easily in under 10 years.

A mortgage or home loan is a long term debt but it doesn’t have to be a burden. You are advised to pay it off as soon as possible but arrange your budgets tactfully by keeping an eye on insurance, loan disbursements and their interest rates. Enjoy your new home; hopefully with a few of these tips it will be all yours sooner than the banks desire. If it’s paid for it’s yours, if it’s a loan or mortgage it’s still theirs in my opinion.