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« Reply #1450 on: December 23, 2017, 03:54:27 AM »
I started a quest to pay off my mortgage! I even created a blog to document my journey.

http://mortgage-payoff-club.com/

Who's with me?

Paying off our mortgages would certainly be badass. (I hope you enjoy the blog too)

I am always against these banking system they pay interest to us for one month and they  bang  interest for every month on mortgage,  Home loans etc.
There is no strict plan in their system that is questioning them.

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« Reply #1451 on: December 23, 2017, 04:44:29 AM »
Great job, Teachstache! Happy for you!

Thanks for the positive wishes, everyone! We only shared the news with spouse's dad and stepmom. Felt that it wouldn't be appropriate news to share with any other family members.

We made the last extra payment of $500 as our Christmas present to each other. When people ask what we bought each other for Christmas, we can honestly say "we made a big purchase for our family."

Thanks again for the positive wishes and congrats. Much appreciated & best wishes for those in the mortgage payoff club!

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« Reply #1452 on: December 23, 2017, 06:08:46 AM »
What a great way to finish it off. Itís such a joyful thread this one. Keep going everyone!

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« Reply #1453 on: December 28, 2017, 04:27:13 AM »
Checking in -- mortgage balance is at $38k.  Goal is to have it paid off by September, stretch goal would be July.  Very excited!  Paying off the mortgage is a key gatekeeper for our FIRE plans for 2019.  Will feel gooood to check that box.  Great job everyone!  Happy New Year. 

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« Reply #1454 on: December 28, 2017, 07:45:53 AM »
I paid off the mortgage a couple of days ago. It is now starting to feel real and I am calmer and more at peace.

Long-term FI saving and investing is going well. Assuming all continues to go well, I will "retire" in 2018. My spouse has no desire to RE.

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« Reply #1455 on: December 28, 2017, 08:28:22 AM »
64k left but the MATH. You can not escape the MAAAAATH.
Comar, are you whining?

It can be just fine to pay off a mortgage, as long as one understands the math. One does not necessarily preclude the other.

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« Reply #1456 on: December 30, 2017, 08:37:01 PM »
End of August...  5 digit club at last!   $99.9K.   
$48K left to remove debt from our life is the goal!   Till then, keepin' on, keepin' on!

OK all, trying to emulate TeachStache and other recent debt-killers.   End of 2017 year result is $47K.    Respectable since we started 2017 at roughly $110K.    And paid off a car loan and put first kid through year 2 of college.   Goal is to kill this thing in 2018 before kid 2 starts college in the fall.   Stay tuned for further news, weather and sports updates until victory!

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« Reply #1457 on: December 30, 2017, 09:32:32 PM »
End of the year update!

Starting mortgage = $435,000, 5 year term @ 3.26% (starting Sept. 30, 2013)
Goal = Full Mortgage Payoff by end of 5 year term (Sept. 30, 2018)

Progress:
- Mortgage amount as of December 25, 2014:  $380,819
- Mortgage amount as of April 2, 2015: $359,144
- Mortgage amount as of July 9, 2015: $324,055
- Mortgage amount as of December 31, 2015:  $285,708
- Mortgage amount - June 2, 2016 - $253,560
- Mortgage amount - September 8, 2016 - $232,502
- Mortgage amount - December 30, 2016 - $194,252
- Mortgage amount - March 30, 2017 - $161,932
- Mortgage amount - July 16, 2017 - $137,809
- Mortgage amount - November 30, 2017 - $107,678
- Mortgage amount - December 30, 2017 - $99,838

Hello 5 digit club :-)

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« Reply #1458 on: December 31, 2017, 07:00:58 AM »
End of August...  5 digit club at last!   $99.9K.   
$48K left to remove debt from our life is the goal!   Till then, keepin' on, keepin' on!

OK all, trying to emulate TeachStache and other recent debt-killers.   End of 2017 year result is $47K.    Respectable since we started 2017 at roughly $110K.    And paid off a car loan and put first kid through year 2 of college.   Goal is to kill this thing in 2018 before kid 2 starts college in the fall.   Stay tuned for further news, weather and sports updates until victory!

Nice work on debt pay down in 2017! I predict that you'll eliminate your remaining debt by June 2018 at that rate!

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« Reply #1459 on: January 02, 2018, 05:39:21 AM »
Another £1100 overpaid this morning.

Balance down to £119,300.

I have only managed two overpayments in recent times since getting married. But I have already saved 7 months of future payments. :)

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« Reply #1460 on: January 02, 2018, 09:18:03 AM »
Stopping in to say hello--paid off my mortgage in 2016 and still don't regret it.  Looking at some of the recent posts, I see there was a bit of the perennial debate over the intent of this thread and the merits of this choice.

While mathematically a face-punch, the psychological benefits of paying off the mortgage in 2016 turned out to be priceless for me. FI is/would still have been 7-10 years on the horizon if I'd not done the pay-off. But, paying it off put me into FU money territory, so after a really rough 2017 I decided to say FU to my job.  I 100% meant it and planned to take some time off to figure out the next act (which would certainly have been at a lower salary).

My employer was so eager to retain me, that they offered me a completely different job with better hours, more flexibility, better benefits and summers off.  In sum, it's the good parts of my prior job without the misery. With that housing albatross around my neck, I wouldn't have taken the leap that got me to a really happy place.

Wishing everyone who wants to payoff a dramatic principle decline 2018!

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« Reply #1461 on: January 03, 2018, 08:43:50 AM »
Thanks tightwaddy!

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« Reply #1462 on: January 03, 2018, 08:46:30 AM »
Stopping in to say hello--paid off my mortgage in 2016 and still don't regret it.  Looking at some of the recent posts, I see there was a bit of the perennial debate over the intent of this thread and the merits of this choice.

While mathematically a face-punch, the psychological benefits of paying off the mortgage in 2016 turned out to be priceless for me. FI is/would still have been 7-10 years on the horizon if I'd not done the pay-off. But, paying it off put me into FU money territory, so after a really rough 2017 I decided to say FU to my job.  I 100% meant it and planned to take some time off to figure out the next act (which would certainly have been at a lower salary).

My employer was so eager to retain me, that they offered me a completely different job with better hours, more flexibility, better benefits and summers off.  In sum, it's the good parts of my prior job without the misery. With that housing albatross around my neck, I wouldn't have taken the leap that got me to a really happy place.

Wishing everyone who wants to payoff a dramatic principle decline 2018!
Congratulations on the new job!

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« Reply #1463 on: January 03, 2018, 12:06:01 PM »
Congratulations on the new job!

Thanks!  I'm sure the motto isn't just about being mortgage free, but being brave enough to say goodbye to something that's hurting you. However, I could afford to be brave without a $1700 mortgage on my back :)

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« Reply #1464 on: January 04, 2018, 06:36:52 AM »
Stopping in to say hello--paid off my mortgage in 2016 and still don't regret it.  Looking at some of the recent posts, I see there was a bit of the perennial debate over the intent of this thread and the merits of this choice.

While mathematically a face-punch, the psychological benefits of paying off the mortgage in 2016 turned out to be priceless for me. FI is/would still have been 7-10 years on the horizon if I'd not done the pay-off. But, paying it off put me into FU money territory, so after a really rough 2017 I decided to say FU to my job.  I 100% meant it and planned to take some time off to figure out the next act (which would certainly have been at a lower salary).

My employer was so eager to retain me, that they offered me a completely different job with better hours, more flexibility, better benefits and summers off.  In sum, it's the good parts of my prior job without the misery. With that housing albatross around my neck, I wouldn't have taken the leap that got me to a really happy place.

Wishing everyone who wants to payoff a dramatic principle decline 2018!

Lovely story and result!

I am a long way off this...

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« Reply #1465 on: January 04, 2018, 07:43:14 AM »
As of today, I'm down to $60k left. I could pay it off this year if I got really aggressive, but I'm trying to divide my paychecks between that and putting money into Vanguard. Aiming to be mortgage-free by 2018!

Progress update: My September payment has cleared and I'm down to $51K. The end is in sight!

Down to $38K as of February. I'm getting impatient to be done with this now that the amount left is so small. :)

$28K remaining. At the rate I'm paying it down, I have less than a year left. The light at the end of the tunnel!

$13K left, now that my last payment of 2017 has gone through. I'll be mortgage-free by spring 2018!

My original plan was to make the final payment in May, but I'm impatient with the finish line so close. I'm thinking of withdrawing a few thousand from my emergency fund to expedite the end. It's earning less in interest than my mortgage rate anyway.

I did this, and now my balance is (drumroll, please)... $5,851.94.

Officially in to four-digit territory! This should be done and dusted by March.

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« Reply #1466 on: January 04, 2018, 03:06:27 PM »
Stopping in to say hello--paid off my mortgage in 2016 and still don't regret it.  Looking at some of the recent posts, I see there was a bit of the perennial debate over the intent of this thread and the merits of this choice.

While mathematically a face-punch, the psychological benefits of paying off the mortgage in 2016 turned out to be priceless for me. FI is/would still have been 7-10 years on the horizon if I'd not done the pay-off. But, paying it off put me into FU money territory, so after a really rough 2017 I decided to say FU to my job.  I 100% meant it and planned to take some time off to figure out the next act (which would certainly have been at a lower salary).

My employer was so eager to retain me, that they offered me a completely different job with better hours, more flexibility, better benefits and summers off.  In sum, it's the good parts of my prior job without the misery. With that housing albatross around my neck, I wouldn't have taken the leap that got me to a really happy place.

Wishing everyone who wants to payoff a dramatic principle decline 2018!
My wife and i are considering paying ours off.

i don't consider it to be a slam dunk "face punch" if you can't deduct the interest from your taxes, which we can't in our case, particularly with the new standard deductions.  as i see it, our interest costs us around $4500 per year.  my muni bonds, which will be liquidated in part to pay for it, don't earn anywhere near that.

my only "fear" is that it won't be as gratifying as i think it will.  we only bought our home 4 years ago so it's not like we've been paying it down for decades.

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« Reply #1467 on: January 04, 2018, 07:49:32 PM »
@wannabe,     At the very least, you're only 4 years into the amortization and can stop the bleeding on interest far sooner than many of the rest of us will be able to.   What's amazing is seeing how quickly you can/will re-accumulate after-tax equity in your investments as cash flow frees up from debt payment.   I saw this after recasting our current mortgage a couple of years ago...    If you need liquidity / reserves after cashing in the bonds, then a cheap HELOC (without a balance minimum) is good.   Eliminating debt "at the top" of market cycles and being able to access it at your discretion "at the bottom" leads to very sound sleeping at night.

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« Reply #1468 on: January 08, 2018, 03:11:08 PM »
We slowed down our overpayments over the last year because we needed to build up a cushion again after spending our savings on a big project. I'm thinking it's time to start serious paying off again. We're just under $60k.

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« Reply #1469 on: January 08, 2018, 07:32:08 PM »
Hit a major milestone last week,  only 29 years to go on my fixed rate 3.5% mortgage.  Wish me luck!

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« Reply #1470 on: January 09, 2018, 09:30:41 PM »
Hit a major milestone last week,  only 29 years to go on my fixed rate 3.5% mortgage.  Wish me luck!

Were you joking?   Some of us will wail and gnash teeth if you weren't...    Please restore faith in humanity with a reply with your plan to kill that thing!

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« Reply #1471 on: January 10, 2018, 09:09:29 AM »
Sorry, I was just being sort of a  jerk.  We just refinanced to get a 3.5% rate last year. I still haven't made up my mind how I am going to handle my mortgage.  We have always been on the  pay the minimum and invest the rest team. We bought our first hours about 30 years ago and we have plenty of money to pay off this one now with what we have made with investments, so that part of the plan worked.  We are retiring this year so we thought we might just pay it off now. However, We would take a large tax hit this year and our stash would go down by about 270k so we have decided not to do it yet.  The general plan is to pay the minimum for 7 more years until we both hit 65. We will try to stay  under the ACA limits for subsidies. Then pay it off in a lump sum when we are both on medicare and receiving SS.     

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« Reply #1472 on: January 10, 2018, 09:56:34 PM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

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« Reply #1473 on: January 10, 2018, 10:42:13 PM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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« Reply #1474 on: January 11, 2018, 03:57:40 AM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

Congratulations MarkBike!!!

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« Reply #1475 on: January 11, 2018, 04:23:41 AM »
Hit a major milestone last week,  only 29 years to go on my fixed rate 3.5% mortgage.  Wish me luck!

Were you joking?   Some of us will wail and gnash teeth if you weren't...    Please restore faith in humanity with a reply with your plan to kill that thing!

Surely you were joking, I4N? I have complete faith in honeyfill's decision! Not one iota of wailing and/or gnashing of teeth from this quarter of humanity. Glad you did the math first, honeyfill! Sounds like you have a great plan for a prosperous retirement. Congratulations.

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« Reply #1476 on: January 11, 2018, 07:03:18 AM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

Congratulations on achieving your goal!  What are you going to do with the $$ that previously went to the mortgage?

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« Reply #1477 on: January 11, 2018, 09:19:44 AM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

Nice work markbike!

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« Reply #1478 on: January 11, 2018, 09:24:33 AM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

Congratulations on achieving your goal!  What are you going to do with the $$ that previously went to the mortgage?

Thanks for the congrats, also thanks to Trifele and couponvan, you'll get there if you haven't already.

I skimmed of the amount of the stache above the "enough" amount (well above the FIRE #) to do this.

Method: I was unmmarried and stacheing away, with the understanding that if I ever got married, my priorities would get changed.   I got married late in life, got a house and made paydown a priority.  I only did 401K max and Roth IRA adds after the house buying, not much in taxable.

The stache payed for 57% of the house, and has kept going up anyway.
Down payment 40K, all cash-like stuff (cash, matured savings bonds etc) for initial downpayment, no equities.
2013  56K extra pay from stache (well, it was "at the top" wasn't it?).
That made current cashflow payments much more effective for principal paydown
2017 Remaining 27K from portion of stache  in the "more than enough"  category, because "the top is in" :-)

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« Reply #1479 on: January 11, 2018, 09:36:29 PM »
Hit a major milestone last week,  only 29 years to go on my fixed rate 3.5% mortgage.  Wish me luck!

Were you joking?   Some of us will wail and gnash teeth if you weren't...    Please restore faith in humanity with a reply with your plan to kill that thing!

Surely you were joking, I4N? I have complete faith in honeyfill's decision! Not one iota of wailing and/or gnashing of teeth from this quarter of humanity. Glad you did the math first, honeyfill! Sounds like you have a great plan for a prosperous retirement. Congratulations.
dicey,  Ha!  Surely I wasn't of course (given the goal of this payoff club and my posts favoring early pay-off as a launching point to FIRE and using freed cash flow to reinvest or be flexible as life demands during RE).   Glad honeyfill has a plan that works for his/her/their family's retirement needs and to manage capital gains (assuming the market avoids major upheaval within that 5 year horizon).   

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« Reply #1480 on: January 11, 2018, 10:02:08 PM »
Hit a major milestone last week,  only 29 years to go on my fixed rate 3.5% mortgage.  Wish me luck!

Were you joking?   Some of us will wail and gnash teeth if you weren't...    Please restore faith in humanity with a reply with your plan to kill that thing!

Surely you were joking, I4N? I have complete faith in honeyfill's decision! Not one iota of wailing and/or gnashing of teeth from this quarter of humanity. Glad you did the math first, honeyfill! Sounds like you have a great plan for a prosperous retirement. Congratulations.
dicey,  Ha!  Surely I wasn't of course (given the goal of this payoff club and my posts favoring early pay-off as a launching point to FIRE and using freed cash flow to reinvest or be flexible as life demands during RE).   Glad honeyfill has a plan that works for his/her/their family's retirement needs and to manage capital gains (assuming the market avoids major upheaval within that 5 year horizon).
But surely you know there is no need for such an assumption. Lots of folks are practically salivating for a downturn, or at least a decent slump, so they can get even more bang for their bucks. It's always fun to buy stocks when the market's "on sale."

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« Reply #1481 on: January 12, 2018, 02:53:08 PM »
So after talking with my husband, we've settled on a goal. We'd like to get paid off by the time our son graduates from high school (June 2019) because at that point we'll have a lot more options about how we can live the next chapter of our lives.

Can anyone point me to a calculator that tells you how much principal you need to pay to get paid off by a specific time?

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« Reply #1482 on: January 12, 2018, 02:57:34 PM »
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Lots of folks are practically salivating for a downturn, or at least a decent slump, so they can get even more bang for their bucks.

Or at least, they think they are. Sometimes it's a classic case of "be careful what you wish for ..."

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« Reply #1483 on: January 12, 2018, 03:36:12 PM »
Can anyone point me to a calculator that tells you how much principal you need to pay to get paid off by a specific time?

I like this one, it shows you the result of additional payments vs the original timeline.
https://www.calculator.net/mortgage-payoff-calculator.html

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« Reply #1484 on: January 12, 2018, 05:14:45 PM »
Thanks, but that one isn't really right for my needs, because we've been overpaying all along.

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« Reply #1485 on: January 12, 2018, 06:48:29 PM »
So after talking with my husband, we've settled on a goal. We'd like to get paid off by the time our son graduates from high school (June 2019) because at that point we'll have a lot more options about how we can live the next chapter of our lives.

Can anyone point me to a calculator that tells you how much principal you need to pay to get paid off by a specific time?

Maybe this?
https://www.hsh.com/its-my-term-prepayment-calculator.html

That site has lots of calculators.

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« Reply #1486 on: January 12, 2018, 09:22:17 PM »
I don't think I can make that one work either. We're paying largely principal at this point, so a standard calculation is not useful. Possibly there isn't a simple way to do it.

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« Reply #1487 on: January 13, 2018, 05:23:06 AM »
Eilonwy,  Just Google search for Excel based amortization tools or web page (likely full of clickbait though) that allow you to enter the principal and number of months and that show the resulting amortization table with a column for entering principal payments along the timeline.    Then simply start with your current balance and plug in the number of months remaining on your particular loan.   This way you can "what if" specific principal payments along the way and see exactly what it does towards accelerating the pay off.   There's nothing different in a 360 month schedule vs. say a 279 month schedule as far as the math goes.   Of course, the bankers and mortgage brokers would love to convince you otherwise and lock you in for 30 years.  No way sukkas!  ;-)

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« Reply #1488 on: January 13, 2018, 05:43:16 AM »
But surely you know there is no need for such an assumption. Lots of folks are practically salivating for a downturn, or at least a decent slump, so they can get even more bang for their bucks. It's always fun to buy stocks when the market's "on sale."

Surely there is actually. (As the OP wants to retire in 5 (or 7) years so there's less room for a market recovery).   There's no need to wring one's hands and entirely cash out just due to that timeline of course.  But there is need to balance risk so it's perfectly reasonable to prudently lock in some gains at an all time high to recast a 29 year loan or otherwise free up cash flow to increase the likelihood of FI.    Of course, we all want to buy the market "on sale".   Lots of us choose to to do so confidently with a risk balanced approach of yummy free cash flow from a zero debt personal balance sheet and passive income from other equity assets.   Risk is always a part of life whether our chosen math or path acknowledges it or not.   Cheers!


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« Reply #1489 on: January 19, 2018, 09:31:34 AM »
So after talking with my husband, we've settled on a goal. We'd like to get paid off by the time our son graduates from high school (June 2019) because at that point we'll have a lot more options about how we can live the next chapter of our lives.

Can anyone point me to a calculator that tells you how much principal you need to pay to get paid off by a specific time?

I would recommend rolling your own. Gives you a much better understanding of what is happening when you aren't just punching numbers into a box.  PMT and IPMT functions will put you well on your way.

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« Reply #1490 on: January 19, 2018, 10:33:24 AM »
The money wire is in progress to the final payoff.   Now waiting for the county to record it.

Me too! Saved in VTSAX brokerage until I hit the payoff amount plus a margin and then made it happen. VTSAX sales taxable in 2018 tax year. Pierce County.

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« Reply #1491 on: January 19, 2018, 12:01:38 PM »
We sent our last payment on Tuesday this week, great to see remaining balance as $0.00 "paid in full". We too saved up in a taxable account with VTSAX and then paid off in one chunk. Worst part was having to sit with a banker at Wells Fargo where we bank and try to set up the wire. They were hard selling setting up a brokerage account with them and didnt seem to understand why I would rather do this myself with vanguard.

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« Reply #1492 on: January 19, 2018, 02:17:06 PM »
I don't think I can make that one work either. We're paying largely principal at this point, so a standard calculation is not useful. Possibly there isn't a simple way to do it.

I have a calculator that does this, and takes into consideration prior extra payments.  If you post here (or PM if you're more comfortable) your mortgage parameters -- original loan balance, start date, term, and rate -- along with your current balance, I can tell you the number you're looking for...or show you how to use a calculator to accomplish it.

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« Reply #1493 on: January 19, 2018, 07:31:12 PM »
I use an excel Mortgage Amortization template that I downloaded from the excel website years ago.  You can enter the amount of extra payment each month individually.  Or you can just estimate it.  It's extremely flexible.  There's a newer version on the Microsoft Office website now.  I just stumbled across it last week. 

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« Reply #1494 on: January 22, 2018, 02:26:17 PM »
Thank you for the offer, Bird in Hand. I don't have the info at my fingertips, but I'll dig it up when I get a chance.

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« Reply #1495 on: January 23, 2018, 09:18:07 AM »
If we pay an extra $5k per month we'll be done by September 2019.  If we pay an extra $10k per month we'll be done by December of THIS YEAR *. . . drooling . . .*

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« Reply #1496 on: February 02, 2018, 10:07:50 AM »
Today our mortgage is $54,960. Below $55k!

The end is in sight - only 16 months left to go.

Interest rates are steadily rising here in Canada. We can only lock in for a max of 5 years here, and in our experience, the lowest fixed rates have only been for 2 year terms. We just renegotiated at a higher rate than previously, but it was the lowest available. Our current rate is locked in for 2 years, but we will pay off the mortgage before we have to renegotiate again in 2020. :)
Congratulations!

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« Reply #1497 on: February 02, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »
Ah yes I remember the point when I knew my mortgage rate could never ever again rise. I'll never forget that moment of relief and I'm sure my quality of sleep permanently raised a notch from that point forward. I'm based in the UK and from what I can make out on these boards the mortgage situation is fairly similar to Canada. 2, 3 and 5 year fixes are the norm. There are a few 10 year fixes but they are expensive. I was always so worried I'd come out of a 5 year fix to find mortgage rates were 12% or something. It terrified me if I'm being honest.

That really is a great milestone allsummerlong. Congrats and enjoy.

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« Reply #1498 on: February 02, 2018, 10:28:48 AM »
Our balance is now at $29,999. Very exciting to know it will be gone soon!

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« Reply #1499 on: February 02, 2018, 12:20:13 PM »
just wired in the final $48K today to reduce the mortgage balance to...$0.

12 months ago the balance was $376K i believe.

and for the "don't pay off your mortgage" crowd, don't fret.  we plowed more into the stock markets the last 12 months than we did to our mortgage.

it was a good year.