Frequently Asked Questions
How do I effectively lower my interest rate?
With the EMPP biweekly program, one half (1/2) of your regular monthly mortgage
payment will be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account every
two weeks instead of you making your full payment once a month. Since there are
52 weeks in a year, that equals 26 half payment withdrawals or 13 full payments
per year. This means that an additional one half (1/2) payment amount is applied
to your loan principal balance twice per year. Simply by having extra payment amounts
applied in this fashion, you will pay off your mortgage loan early and permanently
reduce the mortgage interest you would otherwise pay.
By reducing the total amount of mortgage interest you have to pay, you accomplish
the same result as if you reduced your interest rate itself, thus effectively
reducing your mortgage interest rate.
Can I participate in the Early Mortgage Pay-Off Plan (EMPP) regardless
of the type of mortgage I have?
Yes. Your Conventional or FHA/VA loan enables you to participate in the EMPP. You
can use EMPP to save interest whether you have a Fixed Rate or an ARM loan. If you
have an ARM loan, it makes sense to enroll now if you expect your rate to go up
in the future, because each year's monthly payments will be based on your reduced
Do I need to give Fifth Third Bank authorization to begin making my monthly mortgage
payments for me?
Yes. You will need to complete the EMPP Automatic Transfer Authorization included
as part of the enrollment form. This will allow Fifth
Third Bank to automatically deduct the biweekly drafts from the checking or savings
account of your choice.
If you are enrolled in the Auto BillPayer monthly drafting program, you can switch
to biweekly drafting with EMPP. You will keep your interest rate discount if you
authorize Fifth Third to continue EMPP withdrawals from your Fifth Third Bank account.
Can the amount of the biweekly draft on my checking or savings account change?
Yes. If your mortgage provides for a change in your monthly payment, the biweekly
draft will change to one half (1/2) the amount of your new monthly payment either
up or down. If your loan is with Fifth Third Bank, your draft amount will be automatically
adjusted. If you prefer, you can choose semi-monthly or weekly drafts to match your
pay schedule. The amount of additional principal that you pay will determine how
much interest you save over the life of the loan and the early payoff date.
Will it cost me anything to participate in the EMPP program?
Yes. There is a one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of
along with a service fee of
with each automatic draft. You may pay the enrollment fee when you enroll or you
may choose the deferred enrollment fee option pay nothing now and
will be deducted from your first extra principal payment(s).
Can I charge my
enrollment fee on a credit card?
Yes. You may charge your
enrollment fee on your MasterCard, VISA, or Discover credit card, or have it debited
from your checking or savings account, simply by completing the enrollment option
section on the secure online enrollment form. You
can also enroll by phone by calling
Is there a way that I can obtain mortgage interest savings without enrolling in
the EMPP program?
Yes. Under the terms of your mortgage, you are able to make extra principal payments
on your loan. It is important to note that it does require discipline and regularity
in making extra principal payments in amounts that will effectively lower your mortgage
balance. The EMPP program is designed to take all the guesswork out of when to make
extra principal payments and in what amounts, and since it is all done automatically,
you are assured of your savings.
Once I have enrolled in the EMPP program will EMPP give me notice of when my biweekly
drafts will begin?
Yes. You will be notified by mail well in advance of your actual start date. Typically,
it will take 4 to 6 weeks before you will begin paying your half payments every
When will biweekly payment amounts be taken out of my checking or savings account?
Wednesday, one half (1/2) of your regular monthly mortgage payment
will be deducted from your checking or savings account automatically by Fifth Third
Bank. Your monthly mortgage payments are then applied monthly when due.
How do I get started?
Since you will be changing from a full mortgage payment once a month to half payment
withdrawals every two weeks, you'll need to make your last full monthly mortgage
payment during the same month that we start your biweekly half (1/2) payment withdrawals.
From then on, we will automatically withdraw one half (1/2) of your payment every
You can get started right now by completing the secure online
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