Q: I would like to know how I can use a credit card to pay my mortgage? Is that still possible to do?
A: Well first of all, you know I’ve got to ask… are you looking to pay a mortgage with a credit card for rewards/cash back? Or do you need to pay by credit card because you can’t afford payments?
If it’s the latter, then this “how to” advice isn’t for you. If you can’t afford your mortgage I would recommend speaking to attorney to explore options (i.e. loan modification, foreclosure, short sale, etc.)
But if you want to know if you can pay your mortgage with a card for free points or rewards, then keep reading!
For starters, it’s important to point out that the real estate bubble changed everything. During the ’00′s there were all kinds of crafty ways to pay mortgages. However after the crash that all changed.
What options exist in 2013?
There is a third-party service called ChargeSmart that will let you pay using a credit card. The fees to do so are just a bit over 2.5% last I checked.
Meanwhile if it’s a rent payment you need to make, then check out WilliamPaid…
WilliamPaid is free if using a bank account, but if you use a credit card the fee was 2.95% the last time I checked. A good option for those in apartments.
With either service, make sure you use the right card! If you need to pay this money back over time, don’t get ripped off with 15% or 20% interest from your bank. Instead consider one of these cards which give 0% on purchases.
All the options below no longer work
American Express mortgage payment?
Back at the peak of the bubble in 2007, American Express cardholders could pay any prime level mortgage from American Home Mortgage for a one-time fee of $395. If you paid you always paid your credit card bills on time and in-full, this option definitely made sense considering the high cash back offered on the AmEx Blue Cash.
However as of 2013, the option to pay a mortgage with American Express no longer appears to be available.
Bank of America card mortgage payment?
The other company which offered options (abeit indirectly) for paying a mortgage using a credit card was Bank of America. All FIA issued cards (which is a wholly-owned BofA subsidiary) offered the ability to pay bills for free using your credit card. Although this option specifically created for mortgages, many would use this service to pay mortgages with credit cards from Bank of America. Sounds like a cool trick until you hear that no points or rewards were given on FIA bill payments… so there really wasn’t any point in using it for your mortgage.
Back in 2010 the FIA Bill Pay Choice was canceled.
Any way to pay and earn points?
Unfortunately, not at this time. Some have brought up the idea of using Paypal to get money to pay their mortgage, but that will always be a losing proposition… even the best cash reward credit cards won’t make up the 3% in fees that Paypal charges. That being said, it still could be a strategy to do it, if you’re using it because you need financing (and therefore, rewards aren’t a priority).
This post was written or last updated November 7, 2013