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Importance Facts About Amortization

What Is Amortization

Amortization is a term that is used in financial contexts and applications, and is usually associated with loans. Amortization simply means paying off an existing loan through the implementation of a structured payment plan. An amortizing loan is different from other loans due to the structure in which payments and the overall amount are calculated and determined.


The most common of amortizing loans are mortgages. In fact, the term "amortize" is actually included in the formulation of the word "mortgage," which appropriately describes the type of loans they are.

In the case of mortgages and home loans, all payments are usually made on a monthly basis accompanied with a fixed interest rate. However, because there are various types of mortgages, how they amortize may differ. For example, some amortizing home loans will require a larger payment as the last payment.

The amortization definition for a type of loan will usually depend on how the amortized payments are calculated. This involves dividing the amount left over after the down payment is made by the total amount of time that is permitted to repay the loan. Typically, an amortizing loan such as a mortgage will usually be given 15, 20, or 30 years in terms of payment options. Furthermore, the interest of the loan is also factored in, which will also affect the monthly amount. However, the interest in an amortizing loan will be paid off first, then a portion of the principal amount.

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