On our Mortgage Freedom series today, we’re going to interview someone who eliminated their mortgage on a single middle-class income in less than 8 years.
Jessi Fearon is a wife, mother to three little ones and during their nap time, she’s a financial coach. Her inspiring story of complete debt freedom has been featured in The Huffington Post, Nerd Wallet and BuzzFeed. When Jessi’s not crushing her debt and motivating others to do the same, she’s singing Garth Brooks songs and spending time with her family.
It’s home buying season! If you’re looking for a house right now, this very well could be one of the most difficult times to buy real estate. The amount of available homes is super low and prices have skyrocketed. I know where we live in Metro Detroit, it seems more difficult than ever to buy a home at a decent price. From what I’ve read and heard, it sounds like a similar story in other major metros in the US as well.
What would it feel like to never make a mortgage payment ever again?
For our Mortgage Freedom series, we’re interviewing Colin Murphy who eliminated his mortgage in less than five years. Colin is a father, a husband, and a Chicago native. He’s going to let us peek inside and see how he made this monumental feat happen.
One fall night in 2010, my wife Nicole and I were watching the Suze Orman Show. (Yes, I used to DVR it). There was this fun segment where someone would call in and Suze would analyze that person’s financial health and give them a grade. It was called How Am I Doing?
One term that we kept seeing over and over again on this segment was “Net Worth”. Since we were personal finance newbies, we had no idea what this meant. Nicole and I were making a combined six-figure income together so we figured our net worth must be HUGE.
After the show was over, we decided to see how rich we really were. There was no doubt in our mind that we’d be better off than most of the jokers that call in to the show and get an “F” grade from Suze!
We walked upstairs and started to write down all of our numbers on a big white board. By separating our “assets” (what we owned) and our liabilities (what we owed) into two big columns, we started to discover that we weren’t rich.
Our first question of the month comes in from Nick from Tampa who responded to a blog post I wrote about paying off our mortgage (here’s the article):
I love this blog post. As a former Dave Ramsey groupie myself, I’m really excited for y’all! Would love to hear about your perspective one year later. I’m curious where you’re at with this? Have you followed through on your plans to allocate your savings like you say at the end of the post?
Have you invested in other opportunities?
How have the vacations gone?
Do you regret paying the mortgage off or do you still feel it was a smart decision?
Eliminating the largest debt in your life … Owning your home outright.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “Well … you always have a mortgage. That’s just something you need to pay forever. No one pays off their mortgage.”
Well, I have a guest today that completely disagrees with that statement.
Talaat McNeely joins me today on the show to discuss how he and his wife, Tai, paid off their $330,000 mortgage in just 5 years. Not only did they complete this impressive feat incredibly fast, but they did it on a single income.
Our question of the month comes in from Luke from Indiana:
I was reading on your blog that you recently paid off your mortgage early. Congratulations!
I’m a Dave Ramsey guy like you and we’re getting close to baby step 6. I’m considering going heavy into paying off my mortgage like you did, but I’m also thinking it might be smarter for me to invest more for my retirement or just simply invest in the market. I also know market returns are unpredictable and we’re near all-time highs.
I have a 15-year mortgage at around 4% and the principal sits around $200,000. My wife and I are both working – we like what we do and combined we make around $200,000 per year. I feel like we could throw $50k per year at the mortgage and we’d be done in 4 years or less.
That could also be a good amount to throw at our retirement each year too.
What would you suggest for us? Should we pay off our mortgage or invest the money?
No student loans, credit card debt, personal loans, car payments and, yes … no mortgage.
After 7 years of educating myself, diligent planning and partnership with my wife, we officially do not owe a single dollar to anyone. (We do have a late fee for Moana at the library. Does that count?)
We’re incredibly excited about our young family’s future and the opportunities that our debt freedom has opened up for us.