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« Reply #850 on: May 18, 2016, 10:51:04 AM »
Has anyone every run the numbers of not paying Home Owner's insurance anymore vs the investing side? If you no longer have a note on the property you're not obligated to pay home owner's insurance. I'm deeply considering not paying Home Owner's Insurance when the note is paid off.
If you ever plan on purchasing rental property with a mortgage, the lender's going to ask for Proof of Insurance (POI) on your primary home, paid off or not. Just another wrinkle to consider...

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« Reply #851 on: May 27, 2016, 04:53:40 PM »
I've got to share this and, as others have said, sharing with family and friends seems to come with baggage. So here it is, we own our little slice of heaven - free and clear. We are now 100% debt free.

Myself and my wife are both 31. We have three kids (4, 3, 1). We bought our home for $172,000  26 months ago. We live in the midwest, so that bought us a 100 year old, three bed, 1.5 bath, 2000 sf Craftsman style home, 1.5 miles from the city center and my office. We also invested approx 20k into the home with a new roof, refinishing wood floors, fixing old wooden windows and their weight pully systems, making a brick patio, putting in a white picket fence, raised flower beds, taking out a wall to connect kitchen/dining room in a more modern open feel, creating built in shelves for our "library," and more. A lot of those renovations involved us doing it ourselves or calling in favors to pay only the materials. I love tinkering around and fixing things, so that is fun.

Anyway, we own it (for real).

For all you who think we should have invested. That's cool. We are aware of the arguments on both sides. Rate was 4.375%. We paid the $172k while also maxing two 401ks and putting a little extra aside. Total NW counting the house as 200k is $450,000. So, we still have a significant position in the market that will only increase now.

Two funny stories. First, I did tell my dad because he is pretty solid with money even if he has never fully become mustachian (didn't start buying used cars until he was 50 (He's 56 now) and I've had to tell him about management fees repeatedly). Still, he isn't going to starve and is a solid guy. He was funny because he didn't say anything for a minute or two. I just let the silence hang. Then I said,"What are you thinking." He replied, "I shouldn't have spent my whole life working for the man." He always kept the corporate job and I started my own business. I did tell him he was the inspiration for starting my business since he has talked about starting his own business (but never actually did). Anyway, he's a great guy and his reaction was interesting.

Second, the bank had NO IDEA HOW TO PROCESS A PAYOFF STATEMENT. Really can't say more than that. It was really clear mortgage payoffs are not a common issue they deal with.

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« Reply #852 on: May 28, 2016, 03:44:41 AM »
I've got to share this and, as others have said, sharing with family and friends seems to come with baggage. So here it is, we own our little slice of heaven - free and clear. We are now 100% debt free.

Myself and my wife are both 31. We have three kids (4, 3, 1). We bought our home for $172,000  26 months ago. We live in the midwest, so that bought us a 100 year old, three bed, 1.5 bath, 2000 sf Craftsman style home, 1.5 miles from the city center and my office. We also invested approx 20k into the home with a new roof, refinishing wood floors, fixing old wooden windows and their weight pully systems, making a brick patio, putting in a white picket fence, raised flower beds, taking out a wall to connect kitchen/dining room in a more modern open feel, creating built in shelves for our "library," and more. A lot of those renovations involved us doing it ourselves or calling in favors to pay only the materials. I love tinkering around and fixing things, so that is fun.

Anyway, we own it (for real).

For all you who think we should have invested. That's cool. We are aware of the arguments on both sides. Rate was 4.375%. We paid the $172k while also maxing two 401ks and putting a little extra aside. Total NW counting the house as 200k is $450,000. So, we still have a significant position in the market that will only increase now.

Two funny stories. First, I did tell my dad because he is pretty solid with money even if he has never fully become mustachian (didn't start buying used cars until he was 50 (He's 56 now) and I've had to tell him about management fees repeatedly). Still, he isn't going to starve and is a solid guy. He was funny because he didn't say anything for a minute or two. I just let the silence hang. Then I said,"What are you thinking." He replied, "I shouldn't have spent my whole life working for the man." He always kept the corporate job and I started my own business. I did tell him he was the inspiration for starting my business since he has talked about starting his own business (but never actually did). Anyway, he's a great guy and his reaction was interesting.

Second, the bank had NO IDEA HOW TO PROCESS A PAYOFF STATEMENT. Really can't say more than that. It was really clear mortgage payoffs are not a common issue they deal with.

Great job FIREby35! That's an impressive payoff timeline :) Since you own your own business, having the house paid for is probably one less thing to worry about. It's not always about maximizing investment returns.

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« Reply #853 on: May 28, 2016, 08:48:54 AM »
I've got to share this and, as others have said, sharing with family and friends seems to come with baggage. So here it is, we own our little slice of heaven - free and clear. We are now 100% debt free.

.... fixing old wooden windows and their weight pully systems, ...


Nice Work.  Do you have any tips, links, on how you fixed the windows?

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« Reply #854 on: May 29, 2016, 07:48:32 AM »
This was the classic Mustachian project because there was nobody who would fix them. Everyone wants to sell you new vinyl windows and it was super expensive. Not to mention I didn't want to put new, modern windows in my old house. Plus, with storm windows there is basically no cost/energy savings. Now they all work. It's pretty cool because the house was built pre-ac and so the windows are placed in ways that create a gentle breeze inside the house if there is any outside air movement. Pretty genius for the guys who built it in 1917. I am still working on re-painting, staining, glazing and beautifying each of the actual window sashes. I am about 35% done with that. All you need for that is a sander, paint supplies and a putty knife.

This old house has a video on this and pretty much every old home issue.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631564,00.html

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« Reply #855 on: May 29, 2016, 08:26:00 AM »
I definitely want in on this thread!

I bought my place in January 2009 for $265k and was paying the mortgage ahead for several years even before I discovered Mr. Money Mustache. In 2013 I refinanced at a very good interest rate, but kept my monthly payments the same so the payoff rate would accelerate.

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!

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« Reply #856 on: May 29, 2016, 11:37:17 AM »

Principal paid off so far

2012 - $3415
2013 - $3994
2014 - $8483
2015 - $38412 (yup got rid of all the debt and $10 000 windfall not expected)
2016 - $30706  so far

3/1 Remaining balance $87322. Projected pay off date 09/09/2017 - SO 51st birthday.

4/1 Remaining balance $81837

4/30 Remaining balance $76952 (I owed the tax man!)

5/29 Remaining balance $73836

Feels like a super bad month but onwards we go. The principle has gone to $500 per month which was a goal - so the next goal being set is being in the 50's. (of course the ultimate goal is Mortgage Free, but I like mini goals on the way.) Congrats to everyone who paid their homes off!

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« Reply #857 on: May 29, 2016, 01:48:09 PM »
What about instead of putting $15K a year towards the mortgage directly, we put it into a index fund/mutual account and at the end of the 7 years, decide what we want to do with the money from there. We will still be paying $800 a month towards the mortgage on a monthly basis (which gets the mortgage paid off by the time we are 48) but it seems like putting the $15K each year in an investment account allows us more flexibility. If in 7 years, we want to take all of the money and pay off the mortgage we can, or we can put it towards something else. Thoughts? I also posted more details on my blog but it doesn't get much traffic yet and I would like direct responses.

I missed this earlier. Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! Paying off the mortgage before maxing out other retirement/investment options is penny wise and pound foolish.

Stuff the savings vehicles full while inflation does its thing and your fixed rate mortgage will become relatively cheaper while your net worth ratchets. It's a more advanced concept than "Kill all the debt", but it's a smarter approach in the end. Soon enough, the paid-off mortgage feels "meh", primarily due to taxes, utilities and upkeep always increasing. Watching your investment account balances grow never gets old.

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« Reply #858 on: May 30, 2016, 02:51:55 PM »
Paying off the mortgage before maxing out other retirement/investment options is penny wise and pound foolish.

Stuff the savings vehicles full while inflation does its thing and your fixed rate mortgage will become relatively cheaper while your net worth ratchets. It's a more advanced concept than "Kill all the debt", but it's a smarter approach in the end. Soon enough, the paid-off mortgage feels "meh", primarily due to taxes, utilities and upkeep always increasing. Watching your investment account balances grow never gets old.

If I had to give my 5y ago self some advice it would be this. "Max out the tax advantaged accounts then hit the mortgage hard."  Now I do have the mtg paid, and I am almost caught up with maxing out the tax advantaged investments. But having some more balance and more time for the stash to build with these low mortgage interest rates would have been the better choice.

I do still have a mortgage on a rental.  I may post updates here but it is quite slow and steady and boring.



 

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« Reply #859 on: May 31, 2016, 08:34:15 AM »
Mar 2016: $126,942
Apr 2016:$126,644
May 2016: $126,350

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« Reply #860 on: May 31, 2016, 08:58:09 AM »
Alright, we're down from 30k last year to around 24k after we put our latest "extra's" into the mortgage. We won't make the initial 2017 wish but we hope to finish by the end of 2017 which looks to be doable :)

The delay was caused by a new "2nd hand" car which we needed for baby nr. 2 and since we practically didn't have any savings (gosh, why was that :P) our SIL helped us out a bit. After paying her back we resumed the mortgage and dropped another 5K into it.

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« Reply #861 on: June 01, 2016, 08:43:00 PM »
Dec 2015 $30,237
May 2016  $20,777
Planning to pay off around July next year:)

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« Reply #862 on: June 02, 2016, 05:59:18 AM »
Dec 2015 $30,237
May 2016  $20,777
Planning to pay off around July next year:)

Those super low numbers are exciting!  congrats!

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« Reply #863 on: June 02, 2016, 06:00:20 AM »
Down 5k to 65k this month.  Try to scrape together every penny to get this thing gone!

Observation: I've noticed that since we got under 100k that I'm completely obsessed with killing this thing.  As in cashing in change so I can pay an extra $3.50.  As in, yes, I'll teach your awful kid swim lessons b/c I'll get $100 obsessed.  Has anyone else found their intensity increase after they hit a certain number?
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« Reply #864 on: June 02, 2016, 09:11:48 AM »
Down 5k to 65k this month.  Try to scrape together every penny to get this thing gone!

Observation: I've noticed that since we got under 100k that I'm completely obsessed with killing this thing.  As in cashing in change so I can pay an extra $3.50.  As in, yes, I'll teach your awful kid swim lessons b/c I'll get $100 obsessed.  Has anyone else found their intensity increase after they hit a certain number?

I went into this mode at about $75K.  It bugged me so I stripped my emergency fund down to almost 0 and paid it off.  I then sweated for months until I had some semblance of an emergency fund built back up.

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« Reply #865 on: June 02, 2016, 06:54:13 PM »
Down 5k to 65k this month.  Try to scrape together every penny to get this thing gone!

Observation: I've noticed that since we got under 100k that I'm completely obsessed with killing this thing.  As in cashing in change so I can pay an extra $3.50.  As in, yes, I'll teach your awful kid swim lessons b/c I'll get $100 obsessed.  Has anyone else found their intensity increase after they hit a certain number?

I went into this mode at about $75K.  It bugged me so I stripped my emergency fund down to almost 0 and paid it off.  I then sweated for months until I had some semblance of an emergency fund built back up.

I know that feel. Once we got under 6 figures, paying it off finally seemed feasible. I dipped pretty deep into my emergency fund when we paid off our mortgage. It was worth it. I freed up a bunch of cash flow. I can save more in my 401k now and build my emergency fund back up pretty quickly.
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« Reply #866 on: June 02, 2016, 07:43:53 PM »
End of 2015 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

We are making some serious progress all while continuing to invest for retirement.  We are also considering a change in 2016 but it will depend on the housing market.  We are looking at downsizing yet again, but this time to a condo in order to pay off the mortgage quicker.  Very dependant on how much we can get for our house though - exciting times ahead!

Inspired by everyone's progress, and jealous too of everyone under the 6 figures mark!  We are getting there slow but sure:

Mortgage amount - June 2, 2016 - $253,568

We will be into the 100's by the end of 2016 and are still on track to have it paid off in Sept. 2018.

In the meantime - we have listed our house in hopes of getting our asking price and doing a major downsize to be mortgage free.  Unfortunately the market is crap right now and we've had 2 showings in 2 months.  We will stay listed until our contract runs out at the end of June and then maybe try again in the fall.  I get this obsession - I've been obsessed since day one of this challenge - can't wait to be in the 5 figure amounts!
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« Reply #867 on: June 03, 2016, 05:26:45 AM »
End of 2015 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

We are making some serious progress all while continuing to invest for retirement.  We are also considering a change in 2016 but it will depend on the housing market.  We are looking at downsizing yet again, but this time to a condo in order to pay off the mortgage quicker.  Very dependant on how much we can get for our house though - exciting times ahead!

Inspired by everyone's progress, and jealous too of everyone under the 6 figures mark!  We are getting there slow but sure:

Mortgage amount - June 2, 2016 - $253,568

We will be into the 100's by the end of 2016 and are still on track to have it paid off in Sept. 2018.

In the meantime - we have listed our house in hopes of getting our asking price and doing a major downsize to be mortgage free.  Unfortunately the market is crap right now and we've had 2 showings in 2 months.  We will stay listed until our contract runs out at the end of June and then maybe try again in the fall.  I get this obsession - I've been obsessed since day one of this challenge - can't wait to be in the 5 figure amounts!
I am impressed by your 5 year term! Your progress is awesome. Wish we were 1/2 as disciplined.

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« Reply #868 on: June 05, 2016, 03:08:04 PM »
Joining the thread! We are at $9997 with a payoff of $6354 in May.  Anticipating paying it off by this September. We started with a mortgage of just over 30k at 5.4% in July 2014. Can't wait to get rid of a payment!

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« Reply #869 on: June 06, 2016, 09:52:28 AM »
Joining the thread! We are at $9997 with a payoff of $6354 in May.  Anticipating paying it off by this September. We started with a mortgage of just over 30k at 5.4% in July 2014. Can't wait to get rid of a payment!

Love that you're getting that payment out of the way! You can do it!!!

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« Reply #870 on: June 08, 2016, 07:43:43 AM »
Down 5k to $65,700.  Still on track for a December payoff!

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« Reply #871 on: June 08, 2016, 09:11:50 AM »
Down 5k to $65,700.  Still on track for a December payoff!

Congrats! Looks like we're on nearly identical trajectories--we hit $49991 this week and are also shooting for December (though given pay schedule it might technically be the first week of January).

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« Reply #872 on: June 08, 2016, 09:07:28 PM »
Jan. 2015 - ~100k
Oct. 2015 - ~$67500
Dec.3, 2015 - ~$60k
Feb. 5, 2016 - $52,108.53
March 7, 2016 - 49,774.21
April 11, 2016 - 48,700 to go. Had to pay taxes this month.
May - failed to report in
June - $42,853.69 to go.

Wow. I didn't realize I was still at 48700 at the beginning of April. I think I turned up some leftover cash that month after taxes were paid, then made a decent sized payment in May as I get paid monthly and the April pay month had 5 weeks in it (this happens 4 times a year) resulting in a larger than usual check.

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« Reply #873 on: June 09, 2016, 11:59:05 AM »
It's done!  Rather than waiting for the last 2 payments to auto-withdraw on the next 2 Mondays, I phoned my Credit Union and had them pay out the balance right then and there.

*happy dance*

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« Reply #874 on: June 09, 2016, 12:09:23 PM »
It's done!  Rather than waiting for the last 2 payments to auto-withdraw on the next 2 Mondays, I phoned my Credit Union and had them pay out the balance right then and there.
*happy dance*

Happy dance indeed!

Wow. I didn't realize I was still at 48700 at the beginning of April. I think I turned up some leftover cash that month after taxes were paid, then made a decent sized payment in May as I get paid monthly and the April pay month had 5 weeks in it (this happens 4 times a year) resulting in a larger than usual check.

This is what happens when you get under 60k, you gather momentum without even realizing.  :)

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« Reply #875 on: June 10, 2016, 09:48:01 AM »
Joining in to keep me honest, and also because there is so much to learn. I really wish I had found this site ten or twenty years ago.

I did a rate renewal on my 43,000 mortgage in April, and received a lower interest rate on my 5-year ARM -- 2.875. This brought my fortnightly payments down about $90 each. Yay, great, right? But here's where my (slowly eroding but seriously why did it take me so long) ignorance and unwillingness to do the math earns me a face-punch: I did not consider that basically i had also just extended the payoffs for another five years. When I DID figure this out, I put my payoffs back to where they had been -- only now a bigger proportion is going straight to principle.

The worst part is, this is my SECOND rate renewal (again to a lower interest rate at least), and I totally did not do the math 5 years ago.



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« Reply #876 on: June 10, 2016, 02:40:44 PM »
Joining in to keep me honest, and also because there is so much to learn. I really wish I had found this site ten or twenty years ago.

I did a rate renewal on my 43,000 mortgage in April, and received a lower interest rate on my 5-year ARM -- 2.875. This brought my fortnightly payments down about $90 each. Yay, great, right? But here's where my (slowly eroding but seriously why did it take me so long) ignorance and unwillingness to do the math earns me a face-punch: I did not consider that basically i had also just extended the payoffs for another five years. When I DID figure this out, I put my payoffs back to where they had been -- only now a bigger proportion is going straight to principle.

The worst part is, this is my SECOND rate renewal (again to a lower interest rate at least), and I totally did not do the math 5 years ago.

Don't beat yourself up too badly :) Better late than never. The important thing is now you are aware and you can take steps to get ahead on your mortgage. Good luck with your pay down!

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« Reply #877 on: June 10, 2016, 04:28:39 PM »
$27, 116 to go!!!!! So Exciting.


Mortgage
Balance
$25,478.56

couldn't help myself- put 5k in from our savings so down to 20,478.56 now! Can't wait to be in the teens!

wooohooo just got paid, and a few extras- so just dumped a bunch in!
Now at $17678.00 Mortgage payment comes off in a few days too- should take us to 16k something yayayay
Down to 14k as of today

$13, 392 left to go!

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« Reply #878 on: June 10, 2016, 07:54:39 PM »
$27, 116 to go!!!!! So Exciting.


Mortgage
Balance
$25,478.56

couldn't help myself- put 5k in from our savings so down to 20,478.56 now! Can't wait to be in the teens!

wooohooo just got paid, and a few extras- so just dumped a bunch in!
Now at $17678.00 Mortgage payment comes off in a few days too- should take us to 16k something yayayay
Down to 14k as of today

$13, 392 left to go!

So close. So very close. I keep around $10k + what I estimate the next years property tax to be in an emergency fund. Largely that 10k is to cover minimum mortgage payments for approximately one year. I'm likely to empty that to pay off the last 10k and then figure out what my new lower emergency fund # should be. Are you in any kind of similar situation where this will end up paid in the next month or two?

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« Reply #879 on: June 11, 2016, 08:58:34 AM »
Yep! We just crossed under 10K and will pay it off in late August/early September. Current balance: $9677.

Unfortunately (and fortunately) I got excited and pulled from savings to get us below 10K. This means no extra reserves to pull down to cross the finish line. I just have to be patient, keep my job, and get paid.

Even if there is no incoming money from paycheck, I am putting any extra money that comes in immediately on the mortgage. Ex: We sold some stuff on Craigslist last weekend. I immediately sent the money off to the mortgage. Also have a pending reimbursement for $86 and pending leftover escrow money ($100) that I will throw on there as well.  All this 'extra' money will end up being about $500!

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« Reply #880 on: June 11, 2016, 09:07:47 AM »
I look forward to joining this group in around 10 years! My balance is ~$89,700.00. Seems like a lot, but its a good feeling to know that I have enough investments/cash to pay it off now if I chose to.

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« Reply #881 on: June 11, 2016, 09:18:28 AM »
We're about to enter this race the wrong way! Buying our first home at the end of the month.

Putting 20% down. We haven't figured out exactly how we want to handle paying down the mortgage vs retirement accounts yet. I'm expecting my wife and I are going to want to hammer down the mortgage ASAP though as neither of us really has had debt.

I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?

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« Reply #882 on: June 11, 2016, 11:57:22 AM »
We have 15k in savings and I SO want to pay it off with that.
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« Reply #883 on: June 11, 2016, 01:20:02 PM »
We're about to enter this race the wrong way! Buying our first home at the end of the month.

Putting 20% down. We haven't figured out exactly how we want to handle paying down the mortgage vs retirement accounts yet. I'm expecting my wife and I are going to want to hammer down the mortgage ASAP though as neither of us really has had debt.

I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?
Congratulations on the purchase of your first home! I think a payoff chart is a fine idea, but I beseeeech you to only prepay your mortgage after you have maxed out every retirement savings vehicle available to you. If you plan to retire early, you'll need to fill up some taxable accounts too. Then, and only then, consider prepaying your mortgage. Your future self will thank you for being so smart.

Of course, I am assuming that you took out a fixed rate loan; -))

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« Reply #884 on: June 11, 2016, 01:24:26 PM »
We're about to enter this race the wrong way! Buying our first home at the end of the month.

Putting 20% down. We haven't figured out exactly how we want to handle paying down the mortgage vs retirement accounts yet. I'm expecting my wife and I are going to want to hammer down the mortgage ASAP though as neither of us really has had debt.

I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?
Congratulations on the purchase of your first home! I think a payoff chart is a fine idea, but I beseeeech you to only prepay your mortgage after you have maxed out every retirement savings vehicle available to you. If you plan to retire early, you'll need to fill up some taxable accounts too. Then, and only then, consider prepaying your mortgage. Your future self will thank you for being so smart.

Of course, I am assuming that you took out a fixed rate loan; -))

We have a 3.625% fixed rate mortgage for 30 years...

And yeah, we're very likely going to max 401k/IRA/HSA stuff first. I expect my income to go up over the next <however many years we have the home> so hopefully we end up with tons of money to play with at some point :-) We've talked a fair bit about a separate investment account to put money into and then whenever it's greater than the mortgage knock it out right then.

Guess we'll see :-)

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« Reply #885 on: June 11, 2016, 03:42:04 PM »
I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?

We printed and use this:
http://debtfreecharts.blogspot.com/2013/11/mortgage-chart.html

Every time we get to cross off lines, it's incredibly motivating!

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« Reply #886 on: June 11, 2016, 05:02:19 PM »
"I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?"

We use this app - it's actually really fun, highly recommend! 

http://mymountainofdebt.com
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« Reply #887 on: June 11, 2016, 06:42:26 PM »
Joining in to keep me honest, and also because there is so much to learn. I really wish I had found this site ten or twenty years ago.

I did a rate renewal on my 43,000 mortgage in April, and received a lower interest rate on my 5-year ARM -- 2.875. This brought my fortnightly payments down about $90 each. Yay, great, right? But here's where my (slowly eroding but seriously why did it take me so long) ignorance and unwillingness to do the math earns me a face-punch: I did not consider that basically i had also just extended the payoffs for another five years. When I DID figure this out, I put my payoffs back to where they had been -- only now a bigger proportion is going straight to principle.

The worst part is, this is my SECOND rate renewal (again to a lower interest rate at least), and I totally did not do the math 5 years ago.

Don't beat yourself up too badly :) Better late than never. The important thing is now you are aware and you can take steps to get ahead on your mortgage. Good luck with your pay down!

Thanks, Mies. I appreciate the kind words!

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« Reply #888 on: June 12, 2016, 12:00:18 AM »
Yep! We just crossed under 10K and will pay it off in late August/early September. Current balance: $9677.
Same here- my current balance is $7640, if all goes well I expect to be finished by Aug or Sept. :)

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« Reply #889 on: June 13, 2016, 12:23:40 PM »
"I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?"

We use this app - it's actually really fun, highly recommend! 

http://mymountainofdebt.com


yes!  I have windows on a house that I color in every $4,000.  Very motivating!

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« Reply #890 on: June 14, 2016, 10:39:27 AM »
I have a google sheet for my mortgage payoff. It has the original amortization table on the left, and my "actual" on the right. Every month, when we pay a little more, I get to delete a payment at the end of the actual. Very rewarding.

We also 'strategically' had PMI (paid it off in a year and 1 month). Then we went from there and are still paying the $81.84 per month that we would have paid to PMI to the mortgage, so even if we have a tighter month, then we will put money towards that.

As to the retirement funds vs. house, we like to spread it around. 12k in the 401k this year, moving as much as possible from any raises into my wife's 457b (no early withdrawal penalty), and then some in the house. I know it's not necessarily the best from an optimization perspective (4.25% mortgage), but I have never talked to someone who paid off their mortgage who regretted it. Just the peace of mind alone seems well worth it.

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« Reply #891 on: June 20, 2016, 07:10:20 PM »
Wow, after reading these posts, I had to join. Current Balance is: $119,781 Hopefully I will be able to stay motivated and join the club.

Still chucking along. Decided to go with a mixed approach to paying off the mortgage. Mainly because I'm not sure if we will be moving in the near future. Not sure if it's the best way to go, but it's what we are going with now.
1. Pretty much the plan is pay off the 30 yr mortgage like its a 15 yr.
2. Start a mortgage payoff fund in a brokerage account.

Current Mortgage Balance is: $116,828.23
Current Mortgage Payoff Fund Balance: $11,881.76
Balance Left: $104,946.47

Approaching the 5 figure mark, hopefully this provides some extra motivation.

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« Reply #892 on: June 20, 2016, 07:14:41 PM »
I'd really like to take our floor plan and subdivide it into either $250 or $500 squares, each reflecting that amount of purchase price, and then color them in as we pay down the mortgage. Basically showing what percentage of our house we "own" vs the bank owns :-) Anyone done something similar?

We printed and use this:
http://debtfreecharts.blogspot.com/2013/11/mortgage-chart.html

Every time we get to cross off lines, it's incredibly motivating!

I will also recommend this mortgage chart. Currently using it and I enjoy coloring in a line when I can. Makes me feel like a kid again. If all goes well, I will be coloring next month.

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« Reply #893 on: June 21, 2016, 09:03:07 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

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« Reply #894 on: June 21, 2016, 09:23:52 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Have you ever needed more than 4 months EF in your life?  If not, I'd cut it in at least half.   

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« Reply #895 on: June 21, 2016, 09:48:19 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Depends on whether your emergency fund is truly liquid or really "all your money in the world"...   If you have any other taxable, 401K or other assets besides that emergency fund, then drop that mortgage in a heartbeat!   Then pay yourself back faster with the monthly safety margin that frees up.

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« Reply #896 on: June 21, 2016, 09:58:24 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Depends on whether your emergency fund is truly liquid or really "all your money in the world"...   If you have any other taxable, 401K or other assets besides that emergency fund, then drop that mortgage in a heartbeat!   Then pay yourself back faster with the monthly safety margin that frees up.

It's my liquid checking/money market cash. I do have 401/pension/taxable as well. And to the poster Heckler above, no, I've never needed multiple month's money. I do have a pretty stable state job, so I don't foresee having to use my emergency fund for anything big in the immediate future. I'll just pay it off tomorrow then. Thanks folks!

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« Reply #897 on: June 22, 2016, 08:35:15 AM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Depends on whether your emergency fund is truly liquid or really "all your money in the world"...   If you have any other taxable, 401K or other assets besides that emergency fund, then drop that mortgage in a heartbeat!   Then pay yourself back faster with the monthly safety margin that frees up.

It's my liquid checking/money market cash. I do have 401/pension/taxable as well. And to the poster Heckler above, no, I've never needed multiple month's money. I do have a pretty stable state job, so I don't foresee having to use my emergency fund for anything big in the immediate future. I'll just pay it off tomorrow then. Thanks folks!

Awesome!  My plan is definitely to empty out the emergency fund once we get down to a low enough mortgage balance.  I don't think I'd be able to resist!

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« Reply #898 on: June 22, 2016, 12:43:46 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Depends on whether your emergency fund is truly liquid or really "all your money in the world"...   If you have any other taxable, 401K or other assets besides that emergency fund, then drop that mortgage in a heartbeat!   Then pay yourself back faster with the monthly safety margin that frees up.

It's my liquid checking/money market cash. I do have 401/pension/taxable as well. And to the poster Heckler above, no, I've never needed multiple month's money. I do have a pretty stable state job, so I don't foresee having to use my emergency fund for anything big in the immediate future. I'll just pay it off tomorrow then. Thanks folks!

Awesome!  My plan is definitely to empty out the emergency fund once we get down to a low enough mortgage balance.  I don't think I'd be able to resist!

It isn't officially paid off, but I express mailed my payoff statement and cashier's check about an hour ago! Now I have to rebuild that emergency fund.

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« Reply #899 on: June 22, 2016, 01:15:12 PM »
So I could pay off my mortgage right now, but it would cut my emergency fund/cushion money in half. I'm unsure if I should pay most of the balance off, and keep my emergency money (about 8 months worth); or, just pay it totally off, and rebuild my emergency fund after. Any thoughts?

Depends on whether your emergency fund is truly liquid or really "all your money in the world"...   If you have any other taxable, 401K or other assets besides that emergency fund, then drop that mortgage in a heartbeat!   Then pay yourself back faster with the monthly safety margin that frees up.

It's my liquid checking/money market cash. I do have 401/pension/taxable as well. And to the poster Heckler above, no, I've never needed multiple month's money. I do have a pretty stable state job, so I don't foresee having to use my emergency fund for anything big in the immediate future. I'll just pay it off tomorrow then. Thanks folks!

Awesome!  My plan is definitely to empty out the emergency fund once we get down to a low enough mortgage balance.  I don't think I'd be able to resist!

It isn't officially paid off, but I express mailed my payoff statement and cashier's check about an hour ago! Now I have to rebuild that emergency fund.

CONGRATULATIONS! (Now you need less of an emergency fund because you won't have that monthly expense any more.) :-)