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What is amortization?

Amortization is the process that determines the equal, periodic payment which will repay a loan, including interest and principal, over the stated length of the loan. Generally, payments made during the first five to seven years of a mortgage go largely towards interest. As the loan matures, a higher and higher proportion of each payment goes towards the principal loan balance.




Brenda Procter, M.S., Consumer and Family Economics, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia














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