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Rightsizing Your Home for Retirement

Mortgage: 15 vs. 30-Year Comparison

Determining which mortgage term is right for you can be a challenge. With a shorter 15-year mortgage, you will pay significantly less interest than a 30-year mortgage - but only if you can afford the higher monthly payment. Use this calculator for a comparison of a 15- vs. 30-year mortgage.



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