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Quicken Frequently Asked Loan Questions

Updated: 10/25/2013 | Article ID: GEN85004

The Quicken Loan module has been completely re-designed as of Quicken 2013, leading to questions about loans, both new and old (converted from a prior version of Quicken), and both manual and Online activated.

Quicken 2013 is the first Windows version to add the Online Activation for Loans, allowing the Quicken User to download load details directly from their lender. Please note, not all financial institutions provide online capability for Loan accounts. For instructions on Activating an existing Loan in Quicken or for Adding a new Loan, see this article on our Support site.

Why can't I edit the Payment Reminder (Scheduled Payment) for my Loan?

If the loan was created in a prior version, Quicken isn't allowing the Quicken User to modify those existing Reminders. 

This has been reported to Product Development to see if this behavior can be corrected in a future release of the program.

CURRENT WORK-AROUND:

Delete the existing Reminder series and recreate using the values and categories desired. Make sure you have the correct amounts written down, before proceeding with these steps.

  1. Go to Tools > Manage Bill & Income Reminders.
  2. Select the Payee for the Loan.
  3. Click Delete at the top of the Manage Reminders screen.
  4. Click OK to confirm the delete instruction.
  5. Click on your Loan Account.
  6. Click the "edit" link next to the payment amount at the top of the screen (or click "edit payment details" link on the Payment Details tab).
    • For manual Loans: click "Payment Options" then choose to create a reminder.
    • For connected Loans: click "Add Loan Reminder"

Why does Quicken put an amount in the Extra Principal field when I modify the amount of the monthly payment on a new loan I'm adding?

Quicken is calculating the monthly payment amount based on the values you entered in the Original Loan Amount and Interest Rate fields.

If you modify that monthly payment to coincide with a payment schedule provided by your financial institution, Quicken assumes this is extra principal you are paying to reduce the loan balance due more quickly.

You can change that payment setup to use the Other field, if that payment schedule amount is for something other than Extra Principal - such as escrow for property taxes, insurance, or other amounts paid out on your behalf by the lender.

Where is the Loan Account register for my Loan?

If the Loan account in question is a manual (non-online) loan, the transaction register is available on the Payment Details tab of the loan account so long as:

  1. There is a balance on the account, and
  2. The account has not been marked as Closed in the Edit Account > Display options.

Depending on your screen resolution and View settings in Windows, and/or the View settings in Quicken, it may be easier to view the Payment Details (register) if you choose View > Use Pop-Up Registers.  This is especially helpful when you run Quicken in a smaller window in order see other applications running on your computer, or if you've set your Windows view to Larger to accommodate Low Vision.

Where is the Payment Details tab for my Online-activated Loan?

If the Loan Account has been activated for online download, the register is hidden and cannot be accessed.  This is done to prevent the Quicken User from modifying loan details that are being downloaded directly from the financial institution

To see the transactions downloaded by your lending institution on a report:

  1. Go to Reports > Banking > Transactions
  2. Click Customize and make the following selections:
  3. Display > Include All Dates and Show Splits
  4. Accounts > select only the banking account(s) that the payments were made from
  5. Categories > select only the loan account (transfer category)

The resulting report can be further modified, as desired, to sub-total by dates or accounts, select desired columns, etc. and then Saved to retain the details of the online loan (even after any future product change that may alter the visibility of the loan account register).

How do I get the payment detail information on closed loans?

 If the Loan account in question has been paid in full (has a zero balance) and/or Closed (Edit Account > Display > Close Account), the Payment Details are permanently hidden from view on the Accounts.

To see the transactions that were posted to a closed Loan account, run the following customized report:

  1. Go to Reports > Banking > Transactions
  2. Click Customize and make the following selections:
  3. Display > Include All Dates and Show Splits
  4. Accounts > select only the banking account(s) that the payments were made from
  5. Categories > select only the loan account (transfer category)

The resulting report can be further modified, as desired, to sub-total by dates or accounts, select desired columns, etc. and then Saved to retain the details of the paid loan (even after any future product change that may restore the functionality of the loan account register).

 
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