The short answer to ‘can you pay your mortgage with a credit card’ is probably. It depends on the terms of your credit card and your mortgage holder. Since these are considered debt-for-debt transactions, credit card companies are wary of them. The more appropriate question is SHOULD you pay your mortgage with credit cards? Well, lets answer that question in a few paragraphs.
Why Would You Use a Credit Card to Pay Your Mortgage?
You might choose to use your credit card to pay your mortgage for several reasons. One is the rewards you accrue for using your card. Another is if you are temporarily short of cash. However both situations can definitely put you in a financial bind.
Can I Use a Credit Card to Pay My Mortgage?
It depends on your credit card network, credit card issuer and mortgage lender. In general, Wells Fargo credit cards can be used as long as the mortgage holder accepts credit card payments. American Express does not allow mortgage payments on their credit cards. Visa allows you to use debit or prepaid credit cards to pay your mortgage. Mastercard allows you to use either debit or credit card to pay your mortgage. However, these are NOT cut in stone. Always check with both your credit card network and your credit card issuer
The mortgage lender is the next hurdle. The lender may be willing to accept credit card payments that are processed through a third-party payment service provider. These third-person providers charge fees, often of 2.5% of the mortgage payment, every time you use the service. Those fees can offset any rewards that you might earn for using your credit card.
The other issue is if you don’t pay off your card in full each month. The interest rates and credit card fees will eat up any reward you might get. See our sample below for more details.
|Monthly Mortgage Due:||$1000|
|Typical Reward (2%):||+ $20|
|Third Party Processing Fee (2.5%):||– $25|
|Average Monthly Interest Rate (1.16%):||– $11.16|
Using a third-party payment processor, if you don’t pay off your card in full, the $20 in rewards will be eaten up the first month by the processing fee and monthly interest rate.
Before you pay a mortgage using your credit card, contact the card network, the card issuer and the mortgage lender to make certain that the payment will go through. Otherwise, you’ll end up with late fees and other consequences for late or missing payments.
Should You Pay Your Mortgage with Credit Cards?
The answer, as you’ve probably realized, is no. Except for very specific and well thought out reasons, using a credit card to pay your mortgage is generally a bad idea. You stand the risk of running up some very high interest charges.
Another issue is something called credit utilization ratio. This is the ratio between debt and credit limit. The higher the ratio, the lower your credit limit and the lower your credit score. This can have a significant impact on your creditworthiness and ability to purchase a car or get a loan. Carrying a large credit card balance from a mortgage payment can hurt your credit score.
My Credit Card Mortgage Debt is Killing Me
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