How much, in addition to my regular payments, can I pay on my mortgage each year without penalty?
Most lenders today offer pre-payment privileges of 15% of the original mortgage balance. There are a few exceptions that offer only 10% and others that offer 20% and even 25%. You can increase the payments by up to double the regular payment but it is not necessary to double up. Pre-payment privileges can typically be taken advantage of in the form of annual lump sum payments, too.
What are the early payout penalties that apply to my mortgage?
Either a three-month interest penalty or interest differential penalty will apply if you close out your mortgage prior to the maturity date of the term. The greater of the two applies. Interest differential is charged when interest rates have decreased relative to your rate, whereas three-month interest charges are typically charged when interest rates have increased relative to your rate.