Skip Two Mortgage Payments when You Refi!

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Skipping

The promise of not having to write a check for your mortgage payment for two months seems so tempting that many home owners chomp on the bit when a Loan Originator dangles that bait to lure in a refi candidate.  The truth is you’re not skipping anything.

Typically when your close on a mortgage, your first mortgage payment is the following month after 30 days have passed.   So for example, if your mortgage was closing on February 22, your first mortgage payment is due on April 1.  Although it seems like you’re “skipping” a month, what’s happening here is that the mortgage interest on the new loan is prorated from the day you close.  Based on this scenario, your interest is starting on February 22 and is prorated until the 28 (or 29 in a leap year such as we have this year).  The 6 extra days of interest is charged to you at closing under the prorated interest on your HUD-1 Settlement Statement.  Mortgage payments have 30 days of interest in arrears because of this and this is why your payoff is always higher than your monthly statements by about one mortgage payment (30 days of interest).

In order to do the “Skip Two Mortgage Payments” tango, your refinance needs to close as close to the 15th of the calendar month as possible and you, dear home owner, do not make your mortgage for that month.   So using our same example, if you closed your mortgage on February 15 and do not make a mortgage payment for February, your new mortgage payment is still not due until April 1.  You will have 15 days of prorated interest due at closing (half of a mortgage payment).   Did you skip anything?  No.  You only saved writing a check.  The interest is still there and nothing is free. 

When home owners try “skipping” payments, they also risk late fees being assessed by the bank who is being paid off.  If they do not receive the payment by the 15th, the borrower will have a late fee.  Even if the escrow company wires the payoffs to the underlying lender, there’s no guarantee they will receive it in time. 

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I was helping a couple with a potential refinance and they were very interested in skipping two month’s payments.  This would have been especially costly for them as we were paying off a FHA mortgage.   FHA mortgages do not prorate the interest when they are being paid off.  It only makes sense whenever possible to close them at the end of a calendar month so that the home owner isn’t paying double interest.   If they would have closed on February 15, they would have felt like they were “skipping” however their mortgage payoff would have had interest through the end of February AND they would have paid 15 days of prorated interest on their new mortgage. 

Loan Originators who use “skip two months payments” are hoping to skip all the way to the bank.  In fact the LO who was trying to lure the couple I helped last month was charging them 3 points for the same rate that I was offering priced with 1 point.  This lender is not from Washington State and has to rely on deceptive mailers in order to get new business…I’m sure it’s because no one who has obtained from them would return or refer their friends and family to them.

There’s nothing wrong with scheduling your closing so you have the illusion of skipping two payments, just know going in what it takes to make this happen and what your risks are (late fees).

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Comments

  1. Thinking that our mortgage is secured on our home, we may run into financial problems. It is vital that we give your mortgage the highest priority over any other unsecured debts. In this situation we need to act quickly to prevent our home from being repossessed by the bank which they may do to clear our debt with them.

  2. mortgage arrears, I recommend you contact an attorney who specializes in foreclosures. You might also try Hope Now.

  3. I know this was posted over a year ago, but I am just doing some research, as we are in the process of refinancing.

    We are aware that we will be able to “skip” a payment, but our mortgage lender mentioned that if we wanted to pay the late fee, we could possibly skip two. She didn’t seem to be pushing it or anything, just mentioned it when we brought up how excited we were to have a mortgage free month for the first time in 9 years. We do have an FHA and you mentioned that this could be pricey in that situation. Would that interest be an additional line item on our closing costs. An amount obviously not included in our Good Faith Estimate? Our mortgage is pretty small, so maybe it isn’t such a bad idea. Would that amount be added to the loan, or would we be writing a check at closing. Thanks for any feedback in advance.

  4. If you are paying of an FHA mortgage, some lenders are not prorating the interest for your payoff–IE you’re not skipping payments (you never are)… but in this case, you could be paying DOUBLE. Check with the escrow/closing company to see if your payoff will prorated. If the lender does not prorate the interest, you’ll want to close towards the end of the month or your paying twice. NO savings.

  5. Hi Rhonda!
    I found your website on a Google search and I have a quick question for you. I need some advice. Here are the specifics.

    Current MTG Loan balance is $161,927.28 with 28.5 years left at 5.5%
    My TOTAL payment a month including taxes, etc. is $1278.

    Proposed FHA Streamline Refi is for $167,779 for 25 years @ 5.0%
    My TOTAL payment a month including taxes, etc. would be around $1290.

    Out of pocket Expense $0.

    Positives?
    Negatives?

    We plan on being there another 7-10 years.

    If we do this, there is talk of the double Mtg skip, and a refund of MIP.

    I know they aren’t really skipping, nor the refund an actual refund, because the total loan amount is more than my current balance, kind of a wash. But there is still about a $1700 difference.

    I could really use the $ to payoff a few things, even though I’m really rolling it into the new loan.

    Is this really that bad of a deal?
    Any advice or counsel is much appreciated!

    Thanks!

    RC

  6. Hi Rich,
    I’m actually working on a post to reply to you. I’ll link it here when I’m done. You’re question isn’t really quick. ;)

  7. I greatly appreciate it! Thanks very much! I am very curious.

  8. Rich, here is the post: /2009/07/question-should-i-refi.html

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