A balloon mortgage can be an excellent option for many home buyers. A balloon mortgage is usually rather short, with a term of five to seven years, but the payment is based on a term of 30 years. They often have a lower interest rate, and can be easier to qualify for than a traditional 30 year fixed mortgage. There is, however, a risk to consider. At the end of your loan term you will need to pay off your outstanding balance. This usually means you must refinance, sell your home or convert the balloon mortgage to a traditional mortgage at the current interest rates.

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Definitions

Mortgage amount
Original or expected balance for your mortgage.

Interest rate
Annual interest rate for this mortgage.

Term in years
The number of years over which you will repay this loan. The most common balloon mortgage terms are 5 years and 7 years. After the mortgage term is complete, you will then need to refinance or pay off the remaining balance.

Monthly payment
Monthly principal and interest payment (PI). The monthly payment is calculated using a 30 year term.

Total payments
Total of all monthly payments over the term of the balloon mortgage. This total payment amount assumes that there are no prepayments of principal.

Total interest
Total of all interest paid over the term of the balloon mortgage. This total interest amount assumes that there are no prepayments of principal.

Prepayment type
The frequency of prepayment. The options are none, monthly, yearly and one-time payment.

Prepayment amount
Amount that will be prepaid on your mortgage. This amount will be applied to the mortgage principal balance, based on the prepayment type.

Start with payment
This is the payment number that your prepayments will begin with. For a one-time payment, this is the payment number that the single prepayment will be included in. All prepayments of principal are assumed to be received by your lender in time to be included in the following month's interest calculation.

Savings
Total amount of interest you will save by prepaying your mortgage.