Do You Want to Cut Loan Lease Payments in Half – These Six Steps Will Control Your Costs


What is a balloon payment?

You take out a loan for goods or equipment. Your monthly loan payment is half of what they should because the last loan payment of the loan, called a loan balloon payment, is a large portion of the total loan.

A loan Balloon payment is a deferred payment. Handled correctly, a very smart thing to do. Mishandled, real headaches. 6 steps to keep it smart

The following is what should not happen.

  • You want to buy goods and equipment with loan financing the purchase.
  • You are quoted a loan monthly payment and it seems high to you.
  • You are then told the loan payment can be halved and you can have a loan balloon payment at the end.
  • So you enter the loan agreement thinking you are getting what you want, at a very low monthly payment.
  • Sadly, many buy like this and set themselves up for a financial nightmare at the end of the lease.

Here is why.

The lease they have signed could be as follows.

  • Value of loan $30,000,
  • 36 months,
  • Interest and principle payments on $15,000
  • One last payment to completion the loan of $15,000.

Assume that you have worked the goods very hard and they are about three quarters through their life span and have been significantly depreciated. You check the market and you can buy your goods for $7,000 in the second hand market.

You have to come up with $15,000 last loan payment. Take the situation that you do not have the $15,000 to make the last loan payment. You will be confronted by two options

Option One

What is a value of the goods? $7,000. You do not have the $15,000 so you take out a $15,000 loan to pay for goods of $7,000?

Option two

You sell the goods at $7,000 and take out a loan to pay the $8,000 off the Balloon payment. Now you are paying for goods you do not own!

How do you avoid these traps? So how do you avoid getting caught? It is quite easy.

Step One

Look at the goods that you want to buy. Now take a same type of goods that were being sold three years ago. The model may be superseded but try and find out what you would have paid for it then. There is a value in keeping old catalogues.

Step two

Look at the second hand market for that model of goods. Divide the goods into three categories.

  • Light use.
  • Medium use.
  • Heavy use

How much is each category currently selling for today?

Step three

Work out the value it has depreciated by in the period. If it was sold for $10,000 and is now $5,000 it can be assumed that it will lose its value by 50% in three years. The numbers may change but the general percentaged value should not. It may be that the value rises in which case there would be a benefit to you.

Step four.

Now look at the goods you want to buy today. Assume that the value of the goods in three years time would be based on past performances. The price for purchasing new goods for $15,000, you then estimate the selling price for them in three years to be $7,000.

Step five

In the loan lease agreement you allow for the loan lease of the goods to be $15000. You have a loan balloon payment of $7000. Remember this is the final loan payment of the loan. You have much lower monthly payment than if you were paying off the $15,000 in three years. At the end of three years, you sell the goods, and pay out the loan balloon payment of $7000

Step six

You now repeat the loan process and purchase the latest goods by repeating the same process.

You are getting the goods at a lower monthly cost than your competitors and you are always maintaining your competitive edge because you are using the latest technology.

This article is a very high level explanation. Be sure that you get the correct investment and taxation advice before proceeding. A Mortgage Broker can introduce you to lenders who can arrange finance for you.