DEFINITION of 'Skip-Payment Mortgage'
A mortgage program that allows the borrower to skip (not pay) a mortgage payment. Depending upon the specific lender, there is generally no charge associated with skipping a payment. However, the interest accrued over the skipped-payment period is added to the principal balance of the mortgage, and the remaining amortization schedule is recalculated in a process called "deferred interest" or "negative amortization".
BREAKING DOWN 'Skip-Payment Mortgage'
Skip-payment mortgages are not widely marketed in the United States, but they are widely available in other countries, like Canada. Some skip-payment mortgages allow the borrower to skip up to four months of consecutive payments for reasons such as family issues or sickness.