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Piggybacking off the other thread for people in the $100-149k range but increasing it for my situation.

4 months ago hubs and I got married and moved from my "starter" home into a much more permanent home. It's bittersweet because that mortgage was down to $110k and now we're up to $175k BUT we see ourselves in this new home for a long, long time. It's closer to work (I bike now, biking is cool), faces south and was very well built so our utilities have been 70% less this winter, it's in a better school district, closer to grocery stores, restaurants etc ie very walkable/bikeable. Basically we got to move into a community that better fits our needs for the long term.

Anyways enough rambling. Our goal is 4yrs 3months, starting at $176.2k today, who wants to race?
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 07:25:56 AM »
Paying the mortgage today - have some extra money to throw at it this month which is super exciting.

Beg Bal: $176.2k
Principal Portion: Just shy of $5k
End Bal: $171.3k
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 10:25:40 AM »
We're at 190k left, 3%, 15 year started in January 2015. I have a payoff fund which is actually a taxable account at vanguard. It's up to about 170 and will hit 190 by fall. Depending on how you want to look at things I am 25k away from payoff or I may let it ride for 12 more years. Paying off the mortgage with accelerated payments never appealed to me since that money is locked up but you still have a monthly payment. There is also the option of dumping a large sum of money into it and having the mortgage "recast" to reduce the monthly payment. Hmmm. Options.

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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 06:03:07 AM »
Yea we thought about putting the extra money into a vanguard account and then paying it off once the balance was greater than our mortgage. The reason we didn't was because on a short time-frame of 4years there's a possibility the market would be in a low point when we wanted to pay it off. It seemed a bit too much like trying to time the market so we opted to increase our monthly payments instead. Since we feel like we have enough liquidity I'm not super worried about locking the money up but I could see why that's a factor for some. Best of luck with your decision!
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 10:11:35 AM »
Beg Bal: $157,100
Principal Paid this month: $11,800
End Bal: $145,300

This is our mortgage on a 2nd home.  We refinanced in February to both get a lower rate and also switch to a lender that would allow additional payments online anytime we wanted to make them.  Prior lender did not have this capability. 

Our plan is to try and pay it off in 5 years.  Is it possible?  I don't know.  I do know that we won't be paying it down as quickly as this month's principal paid amount suggests.  This month we applied some excess from cash reserves in a money market and small taxable investment account, and also applied everything over $1,000 left in the checking account at the end of the month. 

We haven't made any changes to retirement account automatic contributions and are still on track to have about $1.1 - $1.2M in invested assets in ~9 years.  Hope to FIRE then and will likely sell both houses and pay cash for a farm somewhere. 
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 10:31:00 AM »
Glad to have you join kapnfriday! Awesome progress this month paying down 5 digits of principal!!!! I'm sure if you keep at it you'll be free of it in 5 years or less. Is your first home already paid off?

We're also not changing our retirement contributions I think it's definitely worthwhile to max those out before paying down mortgage debt. Awesome FIRE goal, excited to watch your progress :)
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 11:14:09 AM »
Thanks YoungGranny.  Our first home is not paid off and we don't plan to pay that off early.  If we only had one mortgage we would likely not pay that off for all the reasons that have been hashed and rehashed in numerous other threads.  But with two mortgages I feel like we need to make one go away as fast as possible. 

I do monthly charts as recommended in "Your Money or Your Life" and I made one for the 2nd home mortgage payoff.  I tried to attach it - hope it worked. It'll be fun to watch that line go down and down towards $0. 
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 06:27:45 AM »
Very awesome, nice chart! I love visuals.

Yea we debated on paying down mortgage vs investing the difference and decided to do a weird hybrid. I KNOW it's better to put it in investments but my DH is willing to make further cuts to pay extra on the mortgage so I look at it as a win/win. It may not be the absolute best but it is diversifying our portfolio. Plus getting him to cut back on things for 4 years might make him realize we don't need them. Then we can really dump a lot towards investments :)
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Beginning balance: $171.3k
Principal: $9,300
Ending balance: $162.0k

We were saving for our upcoming vacation this summer but then realized my DH had enough points to cover our airfare and lodging. Dumped the extra money on our mortgage so that's why there's so much extra this month. Two really awesome pay-off months in a row but I know it won't be able to continue. Sadly, I don't just find an extra $4k every month.
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Nice work YoungGranny.

We had another good month too - and rather unexpectedly. 

Beginning balance: $145,300.00
Principal: $6,072.48
Ending balance: $139,227.52

We got our fed & state tax refund for a combined $2,000, and my wife got about $2,000 in longevity pay.  We also had a record low month in terms of non-mortgage expenses of about $2,000 total. 

I am also not expecting this level of payoff to continue.  Like you we just don't get an extra $4k every month. 
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My 15-yr mortgage @ 2.625% started at $150,000 back in March 2013.
It is now $113,251.  That is because I am not going to throw a single extra penny at it. 
With rates like that, there is a much better likelihood that my money will get a higher rate of return in the stock market. 
 

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Nice job kapnfriday! If only we got an extra $4k a month think how quickly these darn things could be paid off!

runewell - Nice so you'll be done in about 11 years which isn't too shabby anyway :)
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Beginning balance: $162.0k
Principal: $5,000
Ending balance: $157.0k

Slowly just chugging away at it, nothing too exciting this month.
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 05:23:06 PM »
Beginning balance: $139,227
Principal: $2,192
Ending balance: $137,035

Going in the right direction anyway. 

YoungGranny - $5k this month is just chugging away at it and not too exciting?  I wish I was chugging and lacking excitement like you are :-)
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2017, 06:01:46 AM »
Nice job kapnfriday! Over $2k is definitely something to be proud of!

Now that you point it out I do feel a bit ridiculous for how I worded it lol....from my perspective we should be able to hit close to $5k of principal each month so I didn't feel like we did anything 'extra' this month. With a balance that large we're still looking at about 3 years to pay it off so kind of settling in for the long haul I suppose. But then I remind myself we're paying it off in 10% of the normal time and 3 years suddenly doesn't seem incredibly long at all.
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2017, 09:33:01 AM »
3 years (or in my case 5) does seem like a long haul when it's all ahead of you, but think back to 3 years ago - 2014.  Does that seem like it was very long ago?  What were you doing then? 

We have an extensive photo collection on a flickr page that my wife keeps up and I look back on what we were doing 3,4,5 years ago and can't believe that much time has gone by since those events.  Funny how time passed doesn't seem as long as the same amount of time yet to pass. 

If you need something else to smile about just think of all the mortgage interest you're saving by paying off so quick. Tens of thousands of dollars you would have paid someone else for doing you a favor. 

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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2017, 09:36:39 AM »
Updating for June:

Beginning balance: $137,035
Principal: $1,494
Ending balance: $135,541

June was a doozy in terms of unusual expenses all hitting at once.  I felt fortunate to have an extra $1k to throw at the cabin mortgage. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2017, 01:04:39 PM »
Beginning balance: $157.0k
Principal: $400
Ending balance: $156.6k

The opportunity to grow our real estate business came up so we've shifted our priorities to come up with the down payment for that. We'll probably be paying off our main residence much slower now but still on the right path in the long haul. We both still want to pay it off early.... we want to FIRE In 7 years and don't want a mortgage at that point if possible. So anyways I'm gonna stick around here and see what happens :)
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2017, 10:38:19 AM »
Hi All,

Hope you don't mind if I jump in, but I find these gauntlet threads so helpful to look at when I'm in autopilot mode.

Mortgage Start October 2016: $165,375
August 2017: $158, 064

We're aiming to pay $400 extra towards the principal a month right now (paying off a 30 year as if it were a 15 year), but daycare costs for oldest child are ending next month so who knows?


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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2017, 10:58:18 AM »
The more the merrier StarBright! I'm sure it'll be nice to have that extra money from daycare cost back in your stache each month!
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2017, 11:42:29 AM »
Beginning balance: $135,541
Principal: $2,504
Ending balance: $133,037

July spending was mostly back to normal after a crazy June so there was more money left over to throw at the cabin mortgage.
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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2017, 07:36:20 AM »
I'm jumping in.

Beginning balance on 8/25/17 will be $200,000 even. 

I've just been moved for work and instead buying in cash as I received more equity from my previous house than my soon to be new one cost I'm taking out a 30 year mortgage and investing about $300,000 instead.  The money will be handled a bit more conservatively than I had previously invested but all dividends will be applied to extra principle on mortgage, additionally I'll be adding at a minimum about $750 a month in extra principle payments at least in the beginning.  At any time I "might" just pay the whole thing off or I may stop extra payments depending.  A lot of it depends on if I decide I have enough to FIRE before my current 2025 plan.  I will lump sum pay off the remainder in 2025.

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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2017, 07:37:13 AM »
Beginning balance: $133,037
Principal: $3212
Ending balance: $129,825
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« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2017, 07:27:26 AM »
Beginning balance: $156.6k
Principal: $1,500
Ending balance: $155.1k


Very slowly chipping away at the mortgage right now. Our plan is to acquire more properties then start paying off the mortgages more aggressively. After we have our full real estate portfolio and it's paid off we can easily 'retire' on the cash flow alone. Our primary house has the lowest mortgage rate right now so it's taken a firm position in the backseat. I'll still update from time to time; mostly because I love seeing everyone else's progress!!
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« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2017, 02:45:48 PM »
Beginning balance: $129,825
Principal paid in September and October: $3446
Ending balance: $126,379

We've brought the cabin mortgage down by $30,721 over the first 9-months of our 5-year plan to pay it off. I guess that sounds like progress, but it sure seems slow.
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« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2017, 07:31:35 AM »
Beginning balance: $126,379
Principal paid in November: $3484
Ending balance: $122,895

Making the extra payments and updating my charts every month has become addicting.

Full November expense report is now up on my site.
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2018, 01:59:53 PM »
Been pretty quiet in here, but I'm still at it. 

Beginning balance: $122,895
Principal paid in December: $2545
Ending balance: $120,350

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Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2018, 02:18:13 PM »
You are killing it @kapnfriday  - we've been slow and steady as we've re-adjusted our priorities so paying down the mortgage aggressively isn't our #1 focus right now.

Beginning Balance: $155.1k
Principal paid in Q3: $1,300
Ending Balance: $153.8k

We are on track to FIRE in ~5yrs and don't want to hold a mortgage after that. Right now we'll likely do a lump-sum in a few years but who knows we might chip away at it some more this year if we meet our other goals.
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« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2018, 11:48:17 AM »
YoungGranny,

You, my friend, are the one who is killing it.  I noticed you too recently joined the race from $500k to $1M thread.  I just stepped up to that thread at the end of December.

If you are really only 27 then I have some news that I hope will make your day, and that is that I am exactly 20 years older than you.   

We're in the same neighborhood in terms of mortgage payoff, years to FIRE, and invested assets, but you've still got two decades before you reach my age! 

Well done and keep it up.
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« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2018, 12:22:17 PM »
Thank you kapnfriday you're so kind! I've been fortunate enough to make a high income at a young age so I'm just trying to not screw it up :)
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« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2018, 07:08:36 PM »
Even if you do screw it up - and I don't think you will - you have time to recover.

I read some of your journal and finally understand your user name. Wish I was brave enough to get into real estate like you guys have.

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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2018, 10:00:03 AM »
Still chipping away at it.

Beginning balance: $120,350
Principal paid in December: $2,053
Ending balance: $118,297

We reached a turning point in January with our regular monthly mortgage payment. We finally hit that point where more of our regular payment started going to principal than to interest + escrow. More details on turning that corner here: https://www.thegrayingsaver.com/we-have-turned-a-corner/

We're 11 months into our 5 year (or less) journey to pay off the cabin and have brought the mortgage down by $38,802 in that time. More details on that process here: https://www.thegrayingsaver.com/cabin-payoff/
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« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2018, 08:56:15 AM »
Keep it up @kapnfriday!!! You're on track to have that cabin paid off in no time :)
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2018, 06:52:51 AM »
Hi y'all.  I've been patiently waiting until our balance was under $200k so I could join you fine people on this thread to maintain focus.  We are now sitting at $197,800.  Our plan is to pay this remaining balance off within 3 years.  Last year we paid over $64,000 in principal (around $6,400 in interest), so very excited that we are now under $200k. This should be a little higher in 2018 due to the decreasing interest component with identical payment strategies.

We do pay extra monthly, plus devote a little extra in our 3-check months and from annual bonuses.

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« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2018, 10:38:02 AM »
Welcome aboard Need2Save. You guys aren't wasting any time getting that mortgage paid off. $64k in principal in one year is fantastic.

Looking forward to keeping tabs on your progress.
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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2018, 08:23:51 PM »
Just trying to keep some support going after all the Debbie downers say pay it off slow.

$187k loan 10/2016

Current balance $139k. Getting ready to throw a big chunk $40-50k once taxes are complete.

Our goal is before July 2020

Encouraging to see the great progress you guys are making.

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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2018, 06:46:04 AM »
Thank you for the warm welcomes to the thread!

February payment cleared.  New balance is $193,335

March should be a good one with some extra money to throw at the balance as planned from annual bonuses and extra check month! It's my favorite month of the year.


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« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2018, 09:56:11 AM »
February was a good month for paying down a mortgage:

Beginning balance: $118,297
Principal paid in February: $4,259 (includes $2,000 from tax returns)
Ending balance: $114,037

It's been a year since we started on the journey to paying off our cabin. In that time we've brought the mortgage down by $43,063. More pictures of our cabin and thoughts on the process here:
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« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2018, 05:37:13 AM »
Very exciting month for us here!  Just paid down $12,964.00 including regular monthly payment and extra funds from annual bonuses and our extra check in March (3 checks instead of 2 this month). For the first time in 4 years the bank handled our large payment correctly the first time and I didn't have to call to get them to apply the majority to principal!

Balance now: $180,370!!

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    • The Graying Saver
Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2018, 08:26:47 AM »
We kept the momentum going in March. The debt snowball continues to roll downhill:

Beginning balance: $114,037
Principal paid in February: $3,222
Ending balance: $110,815

I've started making additional payments any time I receive a little extra cash either from selling stuff or getting FSA reimbursements. Whenever extra cash comes in I round it up to the next $10 or $100. This process accounted for an extra $650 paid toward the mortgage in March.
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YoungGranny

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  • Age: 27
Re: Mortgage Payment Club $175K : Starting current balance of $150K-$199K
« Reply #40 on: April 03, 2018, 10:34:17 AM »
Awesome job @kapnfriday and @Need2Save! You're both making enormous progress this year; those mortgages will be gone before you know it =]
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