7 Reasons Not to Buy a Home (When You’re In Debt and Have No Savings)

Our second question of the month comes in from Anonymous from our Thriving Families Facebook Community:


Hey Andy,

Should we wait until we’re debt-free in order to buy our first home knowing that we’ll be renting for at least the next two years? 

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15-Year Mortgage Paid Off in 5 Years

During late 2013 while I was traveling out-of-town for work, my wife Nicole found our “forever house”.

This home had everything she was looking for including an attached garage, open floor plan, updated kitchen, walk-in closet and a big backyard on a half-acre lot. She told me that this was THE ONE and as soon as I got home from out-of-town, I had to see it.

My wife has excellent taste and the majority of the time we are in sync. I wasn’t worried about liking it. I was worried about getting a BIG MORTGAGE to pay for it!

Honestly, I had been burned before. My first home purchase was a disaster. 

I bought more home than I could afford in 2004 and when the housing market tanked in metro Detroit around 2009, I owed more on the house than it was worth. I did not want to be in that position again. 

Surprisingly, when I got a look at the house Nicole found, I loved it too. It felt like home instantaneously. Even the neighbors were perfect.

We decided to go for it.

BUT… I had a few rules that we discussed to ensure we would pay off our mortgage in 5 years:

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How Our Kids Helped Us Pay Off $250,000 of Debt (Including our Mortgage) – with J’Neal McCoy

For this month’s Mortgage Freedom series, we’re talking with the McCoy Family! They partnered together to pay off their mortgage early.

In the 3 years that I’ve been doing my podcast, I’ve never interviewed both parents and kids together! That’s what we’re going to do today.

J’Neal, Jeremy, Jensen and Miller McCoy are from Nixa, Missouri. J’Neal works at the local technical community college and Jeremy is an Assistant Principal at the local high school. And Jensen and Miller are currently working their way through 6th and 4th grade.

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10 Compelling Reasons to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

There are so many opinions on whether or not you should pay off your mortgage early. 

Some say that paying off your mortgage is a bad idea because you could make a lot more money in the stock market. With the bull market over the past decade, there’s a lot of truth to that. 

And others appreciate the peace that comes with not owing anything to the bank each month. The benefits that come with that freedom are hard to deny as well. 

So, what’s the right answer? 

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Ready to Pay Off Your Mortgage? Remember These 10 Important Steps

So you’re ready to pay off your mortgage?! Congratulations!

There are some important hoops you have to jump through to make this momentous occasion official. After all that hard work in paying your monster loan, let’s make sure you cross all your “T’s” and dot your “I’s”.

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Pay Off the 30-Year Mortgage Early or Invest?

Our first question of the month comes in from Patrick from California:


Hey Andy, can I pick your brain real quick about paying off your mortgage?

I just bought a house here in San Diego and got a 30 year fixed on it. 

If I wait 30 years to pay it off, I will have paid $162,000 in interest which doesn’t sit very well with me.

What was your reason for paying off your mortgage?  

I was thinking instead of making extra payments on the principal that I would instead invest that money. After 8-10 years I would have amassed enough to pay off the mortgage in a lump sum.

What are your thoughts on that? Invest the money or pay off the mortgage?  

My reason to accelerate paying it off is that: 

1. I hate debt  

2. Lower my monthly expenses after loan is paid off  

3. Save at least $100K in interest payment

Many thanks bro!

Patrick 


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How Paying Off Our Mortgage Got Us Closer to Financial Independence – with Julien and Kiersten Saunders

On our Mortgage Freedom Series today, we’re going to interview a couple that paid off their mortgage in less than 3 years and is now one step closer to financial independence because of it. Julien and Kiersten Saunders are my guests today and they are the creators of Rich and Regular, a hot new personal finance media brand that is growing in popularity because of its honest, informative and relevant approach to money.

Julien and Kiersten’s story and advice have been featured in big publications like the New York Times, MarketWatch and Forbes. And when they’re not talking about money, they’re traveling the world and raising their son in Atlanta.

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How House Hacking Helped Me Pay Off My Mortgage Early – with Steven Donovan

On our Mortgage Freedom series today we’re going to introduce someone who paid off their mortgage through house hacking. What is house hacking you might ask? Well, we’re going to learn more about that today.

Steven Donovan is our guest today. Steven is a money coach and his financial advice and his inspirational story have been featured in GO Banking Rates, Bigger Pockets, and Rockstar Finance.

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When It Makes Sense to Refinance Your Mortgage (And When It Doesn’t)

Have you ever thought about refinancing your home? Most homeowners I know have entertained the thought at one time or another. They think it’s probably a good idea, but don’t know if it makes sense for them or not. Mortgages are confusing already. Refinancing adds to the confusion and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can cost you big time. Let’s look at when it makes sense to refinance your mortgage and when it’s a bad idea. 

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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early on Less Than $50,000 Per Year – with Jessi Fearon

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.

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