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15% of homeowners have been increasing the amount of their payments

General Darick Battaglia 6 Aug

The percentage of homeowners taking steps to get their mortgage paid off sooner has been steady since 2000. But the way people are attacking their mortgages has changed in a way that highlights the heavy load of paying a mortgage and all the other costs of everyday life.

The latest mortgage market survey from the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals shows that 15% of homeowners have been increasing the amount of their payments in recent years, down from 19% in the 1990s and early 2000s. Instead, owners are increasingly paying down their mortgages with lump-sum amounts. Sixteen per cent of owners did this in recent years – a rate that has crept higher since the 1990s.

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